Increase in J&K Covid-19 cases due to Omicron: Authorities

While the third wave of Covid-19 led by Omicron has already strengthened its grip on Jammu and Kashmir, the Union territory recorded more infections in the first 11 days of January than during the whole month of December 2021.

As of December 2021, 4,315 positive cases of Covid-19 were reported to J&K. As of the evening of January 11, 2022, the number stands at 5,339. As of Tuesday, 1,148 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in UT, compared with 199 a week earlier on January 4.

According to health officials, the rapid pace of the increase in cases is being led by Omicron at J&K. The Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) for Health and Medical Education, Vivek Bhardwaj, said Omicron had been confirmed in the Kashmir and Jammu divisions.

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“Even though we didn’t have laboratory confirmation of Omicron, the rate at which cases are increasing clearly shows that Omicron is responsible for the wave,” he said and called the current wave in J&K, “Omicron wave”.

With the “Omicron wave” sweeping through UT, the administration is on high alert with 6,000 bed quarantine facilities operational throughout the valley. As of Tuesday evening, 15 cases of Omicron have been detected at J&K, ten of which were reported only yesterday.

“The highest daily number of cases of the second wave of Covid in Kashmir was 3,500. Now it may be five times more than that, due to the super-spreading nature of Omicron and may stay up to the last week of February, ”said Dr Rouf Hassan Rather, head of data analysis at the Covid Command and Control Center in Kashmir.

Global health experts have estimated that Omicron could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic that began in Wuhan, China two years ago.

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