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Jammu bears brunt of Covid deaths again!
Winter capital records highest mortality rate
1/21/2022 11:23:09 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 21: Jammu is yet again “bearing the brunt” of the Covid mortalities raising questions if the J&K government had learnt no lessons from the second wave when the winter capital region witnessed majority of deaths due to the pandemic.
In the last around a week, Jammu province has been witnessing maximum number of deaths due to the Covid in the Union Territory, while the administration is accused of focusing on “promotion of tourism.”
The official documents accessed by the Early Times highlight the “alarming mortality” due to the pandemic in the region raising eyebrows over the working of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, which is already facing severe criticism from public circles for “failure on numerous fronts.”
As per the official documents, on January 17, 2827 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 1093 from Jammu division and 1734 from Kashmir division, were reported. On the day as many as five Covid deaths were reported from Jammu Division.
On January 18, 4651 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19) were reported. 1,546 from Jammu division and 3105 from Kashmir division. On the fateful day three Covid deaths were reported, with two from Jammu Division and one from Kashmir Division.
On January 19 again, mortality was “highest” in Jammu. The 5818 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19) were reported. 1752 from Jammu division and 4066 from Kashmir division. But all the four deaths on the day were reported from Jammu Division.
Similar was the scene on January 20. 5992 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19) were reported. 1920 from Jammu division and 4072 from Kashmir division. Of the seven deaths reported; five were from Jammu Division and two from Kashmir Division.
The scene on January 20 was not different either. 5992 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19) were reported, 1920 from Jammu division and 4072 from Kashmir division. Seven Covid deaths were reported, five from Jammu alone.
Last year also, Jammu witnessed maximum number of Covid deaths while the “administration was caught napping.”
This year also when the Covid cases spiked, the government was busy holding festivals. Interestingly in the first week of January when cases doubled in Jammu, the government hosted a three day poetry festival in the winter capital.
The government has been accused of being busy with festivities to give a rosy picture of the situation when “people are literally dying.”
Officials in the Civil Secretariat have been saying that the New Delhi must look into the matter and make the JK government even accountable. “Running government in Jammu and Kashmir is beyond holding festivals,” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity.
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