August records sharp decrease in COVID-19 infections, deaths

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Kashmir valley has witnessed a dramatic decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases as less than two thousand infected patients were detected this month, which is a sharp fall from May – the peak month of the second wave – when nearly 70000 cases were detected.

In this month so far, with its six days still to go, Kashmir valley registered 1883 cases and five deaths, as per the official data, which are the lowest numbers for any month this year.

Last month also recorded a sharp fall in number as Kashmir’s ten districts recorded 3520 cases and 16 deaths. The fall in the COVID-19 infections has also coincided with the vaccination campaign as more than seven million doses have been administered so far.

The numbers of the last two months point to a successful containment of the COVID-19 infection in the region which had faced a devastating second wave earlier this year when cases had risen at an unexpected pace.

Kashmir valley was gripped by the COVID-19’s second wave earlier this year when the administration had allowed tourists and opened markets even as infections caused by a more virulent strain had begun to overwhelm most parts of India.

During the second wave of COVID-19 in Kashmir, the daily number of cases had increased drastically from mid-March and reached a peak in May when nearly 70000 people had tested positive and 1588 had died due to the disease.

Jammu and Kashmir had recorded a total of 56 deaths in January, 21 deaths in February and 36 deaths in March while 289 deaths were recorded in the month of April.

September last year was the worst month of the first wave of COVID19  when 478 people had died followed by August when 326 COVID19 deaths were recorded.

Since the outbreak of the disease in March last year, 4404 people have died across Jammu and Kashmir while 3.24 lakh people have been infected.

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