Jammu and Kashmir witnessed its 11th death due to Covid-19 on Wednesday when an over 70-year old man succumbed in Jammu city. This is the second COVID-19 death in Jammu division and 11th in J&K. The deceased belonged to Preet Nagar area of Jammu city.
With 19 new positive cases in Anantnag district, the state tally reached to 146. Eight cases turned positive from District Police Lines in Anantnag which rung alarm bells among the ranks of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
With the rise in Covid-19 positive cases, Southern Kashmir's Anantnag district surpassed all other districts of Union Territory.
Few days ago, the district was among the few areas of UT where coronavirus cases stood at zero. However, with the each passing day, Anantnag showed steep increase in corona positive cases and the maximum cases were reported from Shangas area which was later named the "Wuhan of Anantnag".
The sudden increase in Covid-19 cases made the district number one after it overtook Bandipore in Northern Kashmir, where the number of positive cases now stands 134, among which only 25 are active.
Among the eight cases from District Police Lines, seven are belong to the Police and the other is a woman, who is a family member of one of the police personnel. Few days ago, a policeman was detected positive in the area and after that more contacts were traced raising the number to 9.
According to a police officer, the positive cases from the Police establishment is a cause of worry as it is hard to maintain social distancing at such places. Also, cops are prone to such infections with respect to the nature of their duties - which includes managing lockdown, traffic and law and order.
According to health experts, there is a dire need to maintain social distancing and to take more preventive measures to stop the spread of virus. The locals arriving from different parts of country, there are now more chances of rise in number of corona cases.
According to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Anantnag, Dr. M.Y Zagoo, among the positive cases on Wednesday, six cases were reported from Seer Hamdan area of Anantnag and all these persons had a travel history to Delhi.
According to sources, these persons had returned to their native place just two days before and were kept in quarantine. After their results came positive, they were immediately isolated and kept at Akoora Covid Centre.
Dr Zagoo said that there were large number of people in Anantnag who are expected to return in coming days from different parts of country and with these arrivals there are more chances of rise in the tally. But the only thing is that these people should be quarantined immediately after their arrival in the Valley and people should not panic with these rising cases.
The doctor further suggested that J&K Administration must take tougher steps to deal with these rising cases and immediate steps must to be taken to isolate the infected ones.
Pertinently, there are 15 red zones and 44 buffer zones in Anantnag district and several areas have been kept under surveillance by authorities in order to break the chain of the virus.
(With inputs from IANS)