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The global pandemic of Coronavirus ragging the world since past two years is not at all receding . Millions have died and crores infected due to pandemic . The economies of almost all the countries have suffered utmost havoc . The fear is that if pandemic continues any further world will witness doom .In Jammu and Kashmir the Coronavirus pandemic has had its hard impacts . Thousands have died and lacs infected. The fear of lockdown returning in a full fledged way is in offing . The reviving tourism industry has received big jolts. The tourists who had planned their visits have cancelled their bookings. The Government in order to grapple with rising cases has ordered a weekend curfew known as Corona Curfew .Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday 20 January, 2022 recorded the highest single-day spike of 5992 new COVID-19 cases- 4,072 in Kashmir and 1920 in Jammu-even as five new deaths were reported in Jammu division and two in Kashmir in the last 24 hours.
The case tally till that date had risen to 3,78,661 while the death toll jumped to 4,586-2,349 in Kashmir and 2,237 in Jammu, officials said.Taking cognisance of the rising COVID-19 cases in the union territory, Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta on Thursday impressed upon all departments to permit a suitable percentage of the workforce to work from home.Mehta gave this direction during a meeting of the COVID task force to review the rising coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir. He directed the strict implementation of the CAB and set protocols to break the chain of transmission.On the other hand , Jammu and Kashmir government started on Monday (January 10) started administering the booster dose of the COVID vaccine to its eligible population, which includes healthcare and frontline workers, and the immune-compromised senior citizens.In a bright development, Deaths as against active cases have been significantly lower in the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic than the previous one, the government said on recently underlining the current surge is not witnessing increase in severe illness or death following high vaccination uptake.A new study in two states that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.The study examined infections in New York and California last summer and fall and found people who were both vaccinated and had survived a prior bout of COVID-19 had the most protection.One hopes that Jammu and Kashmir sees through this third Covid wave with minimum damage and the devestating lockdown hampering the livelihood of masses does not happen .