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No surge in Covid-19 cases in J&K: Officials

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Srinagar: Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases worldwide, no surge has been reported in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory as of now.

Officials said that the surge in Covid-19 cases in different countries has become a cause of concern but as of now the situation in J&K is better, as no surge has been reported here yet.

Director SKIMS Dr Parvaiz Koul on Thursday said that panic is not the answer but caution is the key.

“Covid in news again> Avoid catching COVID. Masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc all help. Masks help you avoid other respiratory pathogens too that often circulate in winter months.  Avoid COVID hospitalizations and severe complications.. Vaccinations help,” Dr Koul tweeted.

Leading Pulmonologist Dr Naveed Nazir Shah said that there is no harm in taking precautions as “we are already facing an influx of pneumonia cases.”

He said that in the last three years, all respiratory infections were at a low ebb as people were following Covid appropriate behavior.

“No scare just caution. Better to be safe than sorry. No harm in taking precautions’ We are already facing an influx of pneumonia cases. All May not be covid. By following appropriate behavior can prevent them too… Last 3 years all respiratory infections were at low ebb due to CAB,” Dr Naveed tweeted.

Union Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said in Lok Sabha that, “we are keeping an eye on the global Covid situation & are taking steps accordingly and states are advised to increase genome-sequencing to timely identify the new variant of Covid-19.”

“In the wake of festive & new year season, states are advised to make sure people wear masks, use sanitizers and maintain social distance along with increasing awareness for precautionary doses,” he said.

He said that RT-PCR sampling has already started at international airports and all efforts are being taken to tackle the pandemic. (KNO)

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