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Covid-19: Testing goes on full steam in Jammu and Kashmir

Covid-19: Testing goes on full steam in Jammu and Kashmir

Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (IC) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern region and MoS in the Prime Minister's Office, held a Covid-19 review meeting with senior J&K UT officers, heads of government medical institutions and colleges to take stock of the situation.

There have been 434 positive cases in the UT. Out of this, 57 are from Jammu and 377 from Kashmir, said Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner from the Department of Health.

The Minister was informed that J&K is second only to Delhi in the whole country in testing of case per million of population. The J&K is testing 818 persons per million population. About 80 zones in Kashmir and 15 in Jammu have been declared as containment zones.

The UT has also re-employed 126 retired doctors and de-contamination tunnels are being set up in hospitals besides walk-in sample collection booths.

Moreover, the government said that Ayush drugs and medicines are being distributed to all frontline staff and people to boost their immunity in the UT.

Meetings are also being held with religious leaders and videos circulated asking people to cooperate and pray from homes during the month of Ramadan which began today.

"J&K has emerged as good as Kerala in fighting the pandemic," said Dr. Jitendra Singh who assured that the UT will be getting regular supply of PPE and testing kits for the coronavirus..