Srinagar: As many as 61 people lost their lives to the deadly virus and over 6,500 tested positive from Saturday through Monday in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
On Monday alone, the deadly virus claimed 25 lives in the Union Territory- highest number of fatalities in a day, so far, this year. Also 2,135 tested positive.
On Saturday, 2,030 infections and 15 deaths were reported in the UT. At least 2,381 tested positive on Sunday and 21 fell prey to the virus, according to official data.
The surge in infections in J&K comes as India is battling unprecedented spike and fatalities amid an extended lock down in worst-affected Delhi till May 3.
The country of 1.37 billion people recorded over 3.52 lakh new Covid-19 cases during past 24 hours ending 8 am Monday, taking the total caseload to over 1.73 crore.
Also, over 28 lakh cases are currently active while 1.43 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 2,812 new fatalities, the death toll is now over 1.95 lakh, as per official data.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 continues to ravage Delhi. At least 22,933 fresh cases were reported on Sunday against 24,103 on Saturday in the capital.
The surge in infections comes amid growing demand for medical oxygen even as Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Additional Secretary Piyush Goyal on Monday said enough oxygen was available in the country and there was absolutely no need to panic.
“Govt. is trying to resolve issue of its transportation. We are monitoring oxygen-carrying tankers on real-time basis through GPS, making them available to hospitals as early as possible.” Goyal added.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the Corona-situation is no better. At least 2,172 people have died to virus in the UT and 1,62890 infected so far.
Monday’s cases include 632 from Srinagar, Baramulla 136, Budgam 133, Pulwama 26, Kupwara 81, Anantnag 93, Bandipora 53, Ganderbal 43, Kulgam 139, Shopian 8, Jammu 472, Udhampur 20, Rajouri 46, Doda 33, Kathua 33, Samba 13, Kishtwar 13, Poonch 22, Ramban 4, and Reasi 135.
Of Monday deaths 14 were reported from Jammu division and 11 from Kashmir valley, taking the total toll to 2172, officials said.
Also, 1067 more COVID-19 patients have recovered— 478 from Jammu Division and 589 from Kashmir Valley, according to officials.
There are 2,0601 active cases—8,488 in Jammu and 1,2113 Kashmir.