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J&K records 561 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

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Surge in positive cases forces temporary suspension of indoor sports activities; Admin asks employees above 45 years to get vaccinated

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 561 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday that took its tally to 1,34,015, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 2,012, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 384 were reported from the Kashmir division and 177 from the Jammu division, they said.

Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 222, including 63 travellers, followed by 99 in Jammu and 54 in Baramulla, according to the officials.

Budgam, Anantnag, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Udhampur and Kathy were the other districts that registered cases in double digits. Nine other districts recorded fresh cases in single digits while two did not report any new cases.

The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir stands at 4,483, while 1,27,520 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.

The two deaths were reported from the Kashmir Valley, they said.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of indoor sports activities in view of a surge in coronavirus cases in the Union territory in the last few weeks.

An order issued by Principal Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Department, Alok Kumar, stated it was likely for young sportspersons to get infected as chances of transmission of the virus while playing close contact sports has increased due to the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“It is hereby ordered that all close-contact sports like boxing, wrestling, judo karate, kabbadi, kho-kho, thanga-ta, taekwondo, wushu and many other sports of similar character shall remain temporarily suspended till further orders,” it said.

The order, however, stated that other sports activities could be conducted following necessary standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Centre.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration had already ordered closure of all schools for students up to class 9 for two weeks and for students of classes 10, 11 and 12 for a week from April 05, besides restricting the social gathering to 200 people with strict adherence to SOPs and guidelines.

The government on Tuesday also asked all employees aged 45 or above to get vaccinated.

“In view of the recent spike in COVID-19 infection cases across the country and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, all employees of Civil Secretariat and move offices outside Secretariat of the age of 45 years and above are advised to get themselves vaccinated at the Special Vaccination Centre setup in Civil Secretariat, Dispensary, Jammu, w.e.f 06.04.2021,” reads an order issued by the government.

The government impressed up on all the Administrative Secretaries to ensure vaccination of all eligible employees working in their respective departments.

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