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J&K records 79 fresh COVID-19 cases, one death

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Kupwara school closed after teacher tests positive

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 79 new positive COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,26,932, even as one fresh death due to the virus was reported in the past 24 hours, officials said.

The death toll in the Union territory due to the pandemic is 1,961 after one fresh death was reported from Jammu division, they added.

Out of the fresh cases, 61 were from Kashmir Valley and 18 from Jammu division of the Union territory, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest with 35 cases followed by 16 in Jammu district.

While nine districts did not report any fresh cases, nine other districts had cases in single digits.

The number of active cases was 882 in the UT, while 1,24,089 patients have recovered so far from the infection, the officials said.

Meanwhile, administration in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Saturday ordered the closure of an educational institution at Kantpora, Lolab after a teacher posted there, tested positive for Covid-19.

Quoting officials, news agency KNO reported that a teacher posted at Government High School Kantpora tested positive for COVID-19, and was immediately isolated, while the institution was shut for activities till further orders.

An official said that the institution will remain closed for all the activities till further orders.

Notably, the Education Department recently called for RT-PCR tests in all educational institutions across Kashmir valley.

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