“Second wave of COVID-19 in Kashmir”: Senior official of J-K govt quotes doctor

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Srinagar: A senior official of Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said that a doctor dealing with COVID-19 cases informed him that the second wave of the virus has begun in Kashmir.

Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Additional Secretary to J-K government in the finance department and CEO of Mission Youth revealed this on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“Message from a doctor friend dealing with COVID-19: “The second wave has knocked at our doors, many patients are getting admitted with bilateral pneumonia, strain seems mutated”,” tweeted Shah.

He further added: “Please DON’T lower your guard. Follow #COVID19 SOP’s. Use masks. Ensure hand hygiene. Maintain distance.”

Four days ago, Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah, professor and HOD Chest Medicine at the Government Medical College Srinagar had warned people in Kashmir that there are indications of a second wave of COVID-19 infections and urged people to be cautious.

He also urged the people to “take vaccine whosoever gets an opportunity”.
“Beware and cautious… Indications of second wave beginning to come… Maharashtra/Kerala starting to heat up again,” Dr. Naveed had said.

The warning of the second wave of COVID-19 infections has come at a time when Kashmir valley is witnessing a sharp decrease in daily cases. However, the government has not made any announcement or second lockdown in the Valley.

The total case in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 125925 while the fresh cases reported today are 58. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 17 new cases today.

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