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Increasing COVID-19 cases bring Srinagar in orange zone

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In highest single-day spike so far this year, J&K reports 359 fresh infections

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee on Tuesday put Srinagar district in the orange category in view of the rising number of COVID positive cases.

According to an order issued by Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, who is also the chairperson of the SEC, Srinagar district has been put in orange category while the areas on either side of Jawahar Tunnel — the gateway to Kashmir — has been placed in red zone. Lakhanpur containment area has also been categorised in red zone with a buffer of 500 metre radius.

The rest of the areas in the Union territory continue to be in the green zone as far as permitted activities are concerned.

Srinagar has been the worst affected district of Jammu and Kashmir by the COVID pandemic, recording 471 deaths and over 28,000 positive cases.

The district has the highest number of active cases as on date at 985. The UT has nearly 2,300 active cases.

Srinagar district has recorded the highest number of cases among the 20 districts of the UT on a daily basis for most of last year, with Jammu city overtaking the summer capital occasionally.

The recent spike in positive cases has coincided with increasing number of tourist arrivals.

Meanwhile, in the highest single-day spike so far this year, 359 cases of COVID-19 were reported during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in Jammu and Kashmir to 130587, officials said today.

An official said that 93 fresh cases were reported from Jammu and 266 from Kashmir. Also, one COVID-19 death has been reported from Kashmir.

He said 175 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals, including 20 from Jammu and 155 from Kashmir.

As per the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus, out of 130587 positive cases, 2293 are active positive, 126304 have recovered and 1990 have died; 735 in Jammu and 1255 in Kashmir.

The bulletin further said that out of 6017096 test results available, 5886509 samples have been tested as negative till 30th March, 2021.

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