UT cases can cross 10,000-mark soon

Jammu, June 29:
The total number of cases of Wuhan virus infection in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir during the the last seven days stood at 1,137. Of this, 969 cases were recorded in Kashmir and 168 in Jammu. The total number of cases in the UT stands at 7,093, of which 5,559 are in Kashmir and 1,534 in the Jammu region.
Over 1,100 cases in seven days could mean that if this trend continues unabated, the UT will soon have more than 10,000 cases. In the past seven days, there were over 5.5 times more cases in Kashmir than Jammu. This sharp spike in fresh cases in various districts of Kashmir is worrisome.
Srinagar, the smallest district of the UT, spread over only 294 square kilometres, now has 874 cases, more than all other 19 districts. It is followed by Baramulla which has 806 cases, Kulgam 766 cases and Shopian 732 cases. Ganderbal district in Kashmir is the district with least number of cases at 90.
In the Jammu region, Doda has 74 cases, Reasi 40 and Kishtwar 27 cases. It thus has three districts with less than 100 cases.
In Sunday, there were 127 new cases in the UT, with 102 cases reported from Kashmir and 25 reported from various districts of the Jammu region. Of a total of 102 cases, eight (08) were classified as Travellers in Kashmir. On the other hand, 19 out of 25 new cases in the Jammu region were Travellers.
It bears mention here that the daily new cases in the UT are divided into two groups, Travellers and Others. A vast majority of new cases in Jammu over the last fortnight have been Travellers while as in Kashmir, very few have been put in this category.
The recovery rate in both Kashmir as also Jammu has been higher than at most other places nationwide. So far, 3,235 out of 5,559 cases reported from Kashmir have recovered. In Jammu, 1,081 out of 1,533 cases have recovered till date.
The mortality rate in Kashmir is far higher than that recorded in Jammu till date. There have been 94 deaths so far, with 83 of these recorded in Kashmir and 11 reported in Jammu. In Kashmir, 22 deaths have been reported from Srinagar alone.
Earlier, due to virus infection cases rising steadily, the Durbar Move to Srinagar was shelved. In normal routine, move offices would have closed in Jammu on April 24. However, the employees were asked to work on “as is, where is” basis, with staff from Kashmir departing from Jammu.
Over two months later, some of the departments have been asked to move to Srinagar where these offices are scheduled to open on July 6. With traveller restrictions in place, and a precarious situation prevalent about virus transmission, it is anybody’s guess how smooth or bumpy the ride to Kashmir would be.