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J&K witnesses 40% surge in Covid positive cases

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Travellers contributing 2/3rd of all such cases: CS

Srinagar: The Chief Secretary J&K, B V R Subrahmanyam, today said that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir is conducting mandatory universal tests on all incoming travellers coming via roadways, railways, and airways.

While attending a meeting chaired by The Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, the CS informed that J&K saw a 40% surge in weekly cases with travellers contributing to 2/3rd of all the positive cases, adding that in Srinagar district alone 50% of recorded positive cases were travellers.

He said that through concerted efforts the Government is consistently monitoring the COVID trajectory among its local population with a special focus on districts with an increased tourist footfall.

Regarding vaccination drives, it was informed that in J&K, 67% of healthcare workers and 59% of frontline workers have been vaccinated during the initial stages of the vaccine roll-out and arrangements are in place to incorporate the third prioritized group in the upcoming days.

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