Jammu has turned out to be the major hotspot of Covid-19 in the Union Territory of Jammu as nearly 2,000 positive cases and 22 deaths have been reported in the district alone during the past 10 days.
Sources in the administration have attributed the sudden spurt in the positive cases to the government’s Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) that was started on August 26.
“Before the start of RAT, there were only 2,387 positive cases, including 1,363 travellers, since the outbreak of the deadly virus in Jammu on March 8. RAT has exposed the vulnerability of the Covid cases as it has seen a sudden increase in positive cases, with nearly 2,000 cases reported in just 10 days,” sources said.
With the rise in positive cases, there has also been an increase in the fatality rate in the district as 22 deaths were reported since August 26.
“The recovery rate is just over 50 per cent. The rise in the number of deaths due to Covid is definitely a matter of concern in the district,” a senior doctor said who declined to be named.
On September 3, Jammu district had recorded the sharpest single-day spike of 484 positive cases, including only 34 travellers, creating panic among people. On Friday again, a sharp rise of 322 cases was reported in the district which was highest in the Union Territory.