Doda has been announced as the first district of the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory to have no active coronavirus infection cases and become coronavirus free.
The health officials said that for the last 15 days, no new COVID19 case was registered in the hilly district. The last three coronavirus patients were discharged from the hospitals on Friday evening after recovering completely. This has made Doda “completely coronavirus free” and the first district in J&K UT which has no active positive case.
As soon as Doda was declared “corona free” by the government, the people started their celebrations over the news.
Few other districts in the UT have also reported very less active cases like Kishtwar-1, Ramban-2 and Kathua-3 active positive cases, while Rajouri has five patients.
The health department of J&K issued a bulletin stating that 3,428 cases were reported from the district with 64 people losing their lives while battling the virus.
Rashid Choudhary, a local youth leader from Bhadarwah, told Greater Kashmir that this is a great news and gives every resident of J&K relief from the fear of coronavirus. He appreciated the residents of district and the district administration which implemented SOPs and as a result, Doda became coronavirus free. However, he cautioned that we should not let loose of our emotions and keep on sticking to cautionary measures so that the residents can keep the virus at bay.
As of now, there have been 1.24 lakh coronavirus cases in J&K with 1,936 deaths. J&K has 761 active coronavirus cases. The UT has a recovery ratio (number of recovered patients for every 100 infections) of 97.8 and a case fatality rate (number of deaths per every 100 cases) of 1.6%. The UT has tested more than 45 lakhs people for coronavirus.
As vaccination drive is going on in the nation, healthcare workers of J&K too are currently being vaccinated. The UT has received 1.5 lakh vaccines a couple of weeks earlier which are being used to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers as they are the one with the highest amount of risk.