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COVID-19: Budgam reports 9 fresh cases, 3 deaths; sees surge in recovery cases | KNO

66.8 percent patients recover, active cases stand at 436, 31 deaths

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Budgam, August 04 (KNO): Recovery from COVDI-19 has seen a surge in central Kashmir's Budgam district as the number of recovered positive patients is twice the number of active cases. As per the official date available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the number of recovered patients satnd at 878 while active cases stand at 436 out of total 1354 confirmed cases so far. According to health officials in terms of the daily rise in cases, Budgam now ranks seventh in COVID-19 tally. "Since the first case was identified, the district has reported 1345 positive cases so far of which 878 patients have recovered and 436 cases are active now in the district,” said a health official. He said that the total positive cases in the district include 267 travellers which include more than one hundred non-local labourers working mostly in brick kilns. “Still to control the infection we might start seeing a meaningful case reduction. But that’s a formidable ask. Hospitals are already being overwhelmed by the sharp rise in numbers even though the district administration has set up new quarantine wards and schools have also been put in use to treat the patients,” he said However, despite a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, people violated social distancing norms on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha and thronged tourist destinations like Yousmarg, Haijan and Nilnag Lake in central Kashmir's Budgam district. "Even though we had set up roadblocks at many places to stop people and push them back, they took other routes to reach these places," a police official said. Meanwhile, the fatality count due to the COVID-19 has risen to 31 in the district as three more patients died on Tuesday—(KNO)

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