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Covid on steady rise in J&K again; Delhi positivity rate 8.18%

Ziraat Times News Network

SRINAGAR, JUNE 19: Covid19 infections are witnessing a steady upward trend in J&K over the last few days, with the  government on Sunday informing that 32 fresh positive cases have been reported; 15 from Kashmir division and 17 from Jammu division, thus taking the total number of positive cases to 454501 since the start of the pandemic.

Moreover, 10 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 3 from Jammu division and 7 from Kashmir division.

Meanwhile, Delhi reported 1,797 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, a 35 per cent rise since yesterday’s figures, amid an upward trend in infections across the country.

Besides, one virus-related death was also recorded that increased the death count in the city to 26,226, said a health bulletin. The positivity rate in the city stood at 8.18 per cent.

This trend is causing unease in J&K as most of the tourist traffic and other travel happens between the national capital and Srinagar city. Jammu city also faces vulnerability considering that the city is a major hub for lakhs of  devotees travelling to Mata Vaishno Devi temple every month.

Although the latest variants are known to be mild, any sudden upward trend in cases could derail the efforts towards normalisation of social and economic activities in recent months.

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