Srinagar, Aug 25: After three districts in Kashmir valley showed an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases over the last few days, a central team is due to visit Kashmir later this week to analyse the reasons for the increase and help the respective district administrations to deal with the situation, Kashmir Dot Com- (KDC) has learnt from well-placed sources.
Niti Aayog member (health) Dr. V.K. Paul and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) chief Dr. S.K. Singh will be in the state on August 27 to take the stock of the situation, an official in the Health Ministry said.
The three districts that have shown an increase include Srinagar, Pulwama and Baramulla. The numbers of positive cases in these districts were flagged during review meetings taken by the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, after he took the charge earlier this month.
Jammu and Kashmir has reported a total number of 33,776 Covid cases with 638 deaths so far: however the case fatality rate (CFR) here is at 1.88 percent, which is slightly higher than the national average of 1.85 percent.
“A two-member central team is arriving in Kashmir soon. Three districts — Srinagar, Pulwama and Baramulla have been showing some spike lately. The death rates in these districts are also worrisome. That is why the team is coming here,” a top official from JK health department told news agency Kashmir Dot Com- (KDC).
The three districts where the Covid situation will be assessed are Srinagar with 1,454 and Baramulla with 574 active cases. These two are among the five districts in the state with the highest Covid burden currently. Pulwama has 457 active cases.
So far, Srinagar has reported 8,357 cases, Pulwama 2,386 cases and Baramulla 2,678 cases. Srinagar has seen the highest number of deaths (200).
As of now 98 deaths have been reported from North Kashmir District Baramulla and 46 deaths from South Kashmiri’s Pulwama district. (KDC)