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J&K records 573 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

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Srinagar:  Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded 573 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 105 travellers, taking the tally to 1,33,012, while three more deaths due to the virus raised the toll to 2,008, officials said.

Of the fresh COVID-19 cases, 451 are from the Kashmir Valley and 122 from Jammu division, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 208 cases, including 62 travellers, followed by 92 in Jammu and 84 in Baramulla districts.

Two districts did not report any fresh cases, while seven other districts had cases in single digits. Budgam, Anantnag, Pulwama, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kulgam, Shopian and Kathua were the other districts to register cases in double digits.

The number of active COVID-19 cases has now reached 3,955 in the Union Territory, while 1,27,049 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.

Jammu recorded one death from the pandemic while two fatalities linked to the virus were reported from Kashmir in the past 24 hours, they said.

Meanwhile, six students of Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu also tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, a spokesperson said.

The students, including five girls staying in hostels, tested positive for the infection during a special rapid antigen test (RAT) drive, he said.

He said GMC Jammu, conducted the tests for staff and students in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory.

“Isolation of all COVID positive students has been arranged at the Maternal Child Hospital (MCH) Gandhi Nagar, Jammu,” the spokesperson said, adding the hostel premises have been sanitized.

He said the GMC management has decided that the RAT tests would be done periodically.

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