460 travellers test positive in April’s first week

Covid, coronavirus
Photograph by Umer Asif for The Kashmir Walla.

Amid a massive surge in COVID19 cases, 460 travellers tested positive for the viral infection during the last seven days in the Kashmir division while 341 of them arrived in Srinagar city.

The massive inflow of the infected travellers is only the tip of the iceberg only air-bound travellers are tested while those coming via road are not tested.

Kashmir region is witnessing the beginning of a second wave, which began in the last half of March and has since led to a dramatic rise in the cases which can quickly overwhelm the region’s healthcare facilities.

According to the official data released on daily basis, 55 travellers tested positive on 1 April followed by 63 on 2 April, 53 on 3 April, 82 on 4 April, 32 on 5 April and 88 on 6 April.

Jammu and Kashmir reported 812 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, which is the highest number this year, among them 88 travelers of which 57 arrived in Srinagar.

The total cases in Kashmir have reached 80774 while the active positive cases are at a staggeringly high 3605.

The second wave of the pandemic has coincided with the tourist season which began in mid-March with the arrival of hundreds of tourists flocking to resorts and gardens of the region.

As the cases grew in the last two weeks and several hundred students and teachers also tested positive for the infection, the administration has so far announced a renewed shutdown of schools for a period of two weeks.

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