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Lower fatality rate in J&K indicates COVID is under control: WHO Surveillance Medical Officer

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‘Follow universal Covid protocol to curtail spread of pandemic’

Srinagar: The recovery rate of COVID patients in J&K together with the comparatively lower fatality rate is indicative of the disease being under control in the region, says Dr Ashiq Rashid Mir, Surveillance Medical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO), in Kashmir.

He said that with the determination and cooperation of people, the impact of the pandemic could be subdued to a large extent.

He said more than 1.30 lakh patients have recovered in Kashmir and another 80,000 have recovered in Jammu, which according to him is an encouraging sign.

While calling for adherence to the universal  Covid protocols everywhere and at all times, he urged the people to wear masks properly and asked them not to touch masks while they are wearing it and further advised to remove mask properly with clean sanitised  hands and preferably avoid removing  mask with uncovered hands at the time of disposal.

“The exterior side of the masks may contain infection and touching it may pose a threat of infection,” he warned.

Dr Mir also said that people should wash hands with soap for 30 seconds after returning home from work.

He said these preventive measures are the first weapon against curtailing the spread of disease.

According to an official press release, while expressing gratitude to the government, he said the central government made it possible to have vaccines “abundantly” available and free of cost for the people.

He asked people to register for vaccination to get an appointment on a specific date for inoculation and get vaccinated on their turn as it is another effective weapon against the infection.

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