Four die of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, toll 40

Nearly 200 new cases have been reported in 24 hours in the union territory

JK-COVID19-kashmir-sample-collection-DHSK Swab samples to test for COVID-19 being taken at Cittarnar, medical block Bandipora | Directorate of Health Services Kashmir Facebook

Four people died of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the union territory’s death toll to 33, with the total case count at 3,324 with 2,202 active cases.

Since the last two weeks, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a daily increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Nearly 200 cases were reported in the last 24 hours alone.

There are reports that the government intends to use the colleges as quarantine venters given the daily rise in number of COVID-19 cases, with the government on Friday declaring a month-long summer vacation for all degree colleges in the state between June 5 and July 5.

The health infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir has come under strain due to the increasing number of cases despite a lockdown being in place.

The J&K government recently exempted the personnel of Army and Central Armed Police Force from on arrival testing and quarantine, saying that defence personnel would be tested and quarantined as their place of postings and formations.

The government has mobilised all its resources to combat the spread of the pandemic. It has also established quarantine centres in private hotels and government buildings.

The last two weeks have seen personnel from both police and health officials also getting infected with the virus.