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Over 40k COVID tests conducted in Kashmir Wednesday

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Its highest-ever single day testing in two years of pandemic: ACS

Srinagar: With the rise in Covid-19 cases across Jammu and Kashmir, the government has increased the testing capacity in the Union Territory with officials claiming to have conducted over 40 thousand tests in Kashmir division on Wednesday.

Officials said that quick suppression of infections requires testing to identify the persons who are infected; tracking them to make sure that they do not spread the virus further and also tracing their contacts as well.

Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Vivek Bhardwaj told the news agencyKNO that over 40 thousand tests were conducted in Kashmir division alone today.

He said that 40400 tests were conducted today in Kashmir division, adding that this is the highest-ever single day testing in Kashmir during the last two years of pandemic.

It may be mentioned here that a sudden surge has been recorded in COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir during the first moth of this year.

As per the figures available, the Union Territory reported 123 positive cases on 31st of December, 2021. In comparison, 1695 positive cases were reported today.

The numbers suggest that there has been an increase of almost 11 times in positive cases within 11 days thus hinting at the gravity of the situation.

The twin districts of Jammu and Srinagar of the Union Territory have been the worst hit during the fresh surge in COVID-19 cases with Jammu district toping in positive cases.

Even today, Jammu district reported 438 cases while as Srinagar district followed with 320 cases.

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