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With the global and national coronavirus cases once again getting out of hand , we are undoubtedly in third wave of pandemic in India. The cases of Coronavirus are definitely on rise in Jammu and Kashmir too .We are undoubtedly witnessing a steep rise in the cases of Coronavirus both in Jammu and Kashmir as well .On January 13, 2022, 1966 new positive cases of COVID, 889 from Jammu division and 1077 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 35016. Also, 05 Covid deaths have been reported; 02 from Jammu Division and 03 from Kashmir Division.
Delhi saw the biggest-ever daily spike in Covid infectionsThursday with 28,867 new Covid cases as the positivity rate surged to 29 per cent, indicating that for every three tests conducted, one person is testing positive.Experts are urging masses to adhere to masks and sanitizers once again .With the detection of few cases of Omicron in Kashmir valley, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the new variant of Covid-19.
“Simple precautions would help prevent the spread of the variant,” said DAK President and Influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.
“Masks act as barrier, trapping and filtering out virus particles from the air we breathe,” he said.
“If the infected person wears a mask, that reduces the risk of infection to those around them. If the uninfected person wears a mask, that reduces the risk of infection to them from the infected person,” he added.
The DAK President said people are advised to avoid crowding and gatherings.
“Crowding puts you at higher risk of getting Omicron and it increases the chances for the virus to spread in the community,” he said.
“If you are down with respiratory symptoms, self isolate and get tested,” said Dr Nisar.
“If your test turns positive, report to the health authorities for tracing your contacts,” he said adding contact tracing is an important tool to prevent the virus from spreading in the community.
General Secretary DAK Dr Arshad Ali said vaccine remains the single best tool against Covid-19 and its variants including Omicron.
“Fully vaccinated people have significant protection against Omicron infection, serious illness and death,” he said.
“Those who are unvaccinated should go and get it now. People who are eligible for boosters should take them as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families, loved ones and the community,” he added.
Spokesperson DAK Dr Riyaz Ahmad Dagga said Omicron is more contagious than delta which devastated us in the second wave. We don’t know how Omicron will impact our senior citizens and immunocompromised.
“Even though Omicron causes less severe disease, the sheer number of cases could once again overwhelm our hospitals,” One hopes that we in Jammu and Kashmir are awake about the rising number of Coronavirus cases once again in Jammu and Kashmir .