Covid and testing

Covid and testing

While the covid-19 infection has only receded, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have responsibility to save themselves from the spread of the infection.

The government on its part is trying its best to inform people to adhere to the CAB and also go for the vaccination in their age groups so that they are saved from the infection.

Testing is also being done in all the vulnerable areas so that the positive cases of the infection are separated from the rest of the population. Recently the government was informed by the different wings of the health department that they were continuing to conduct around 50,000 COVID tests on a daily basis. However, the positivity in Jammu province has increased in the last two days due to a surge in cases being reported from a few districts, which is a cause of concern. Further, the genome sequencing of samples taken from COVID patients revealed that about 80% of infections in Jammu and Kashmir are primarily due to the delta variant of the virus which is highly contagious and can lead to development of severe symptoms in patients.

The government has impressed upon the Health Department to enforce location-specific restrictions in districts reporting higher cases and positivity. It was directed that COVID SOPs and protocols must be strictly enforced in micro-containment zones through manpower reinforcement at all critical junctures by deputing additional government employees on COVID duty.

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