Srinagar: Despite the surge in Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, the situation in the UT so far is well under control as no surge has been reported in hospital admissions, officials said Friday.
Officials while talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that the surge in Covid-19 cases was reported across J&K in the past two weeks but the situation in J & K is better as no surge has been reported in hospital admissions.
They said that people in J&K have hybrid immunity because of a combination of widespread natural infection and vaccination.
They said that people with hybrid immunity developed by both vaccination and previous infections have significant protection against future Covid infections.
Almost everyone has contracted the virus more than once during three Covid-19 waves besides that above 12 years of age the whole population is vaccinated, so there are very few chances that any variant can trigger a fresh wave as of now here, officials said.
An official from Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, Srinagar said that though cases have been on rise but hospitalization rate hasn’t increased as of now.
We are ready to tackle any situation and as of now six rooms have been already designated as Covid-19 wards and all guidelines are being followed at the hospital but people must cooperate as well.
Doctors from SKIMS Soura also said that the situation is under control but people shouldn’t remain complacent and follow Covid Appropriate Behavior in letter and spirit.
A senior doctor from CD hospital Srinagar said that as cases have increased hospital admissions of Covid-19 patients have not increased that much.
Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) spokesperson Dr Mir Mushtaq told KNO that despite the rise in Covid-19 cases, no rise in hospital admissions have been reported yet.
He said that testing has already been increased with enough oxygen facilities and beds put in place.
Officials said that there is no need to panic but people must take precautions and the government is keeping vigil on new variants by conducting genome sequencing of some positive cases.
They said that J&K is ready to tackle any situation in future as well but people must take precautions.
Notably, mock drills in the hospitals are being conducted to ensure operational readiness for management of Covid with specific focus on oxygen plants, ventilators, logistics and human resources on Monday—(KNO)
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