16 lakh COVID-19 tests conducted in August in Jammu and Kashmir

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As the COVID19 cases register a significant drop in Jammu and Kashmir, suggesting early signs of an end to the pandemic’s second wave, the region conducted a record 16 lakh COVID19 tests during this month with most days registering more than 50000 tests.

A total number of 16.07 lakh COVID19 tests were conducted during the August, according to official data. The highest number of daily tests were conducted on August 8 when 63196
people underwent either the RTPCR or the RAT test.

In May, the worst month during the second wave of the COVID19 infections, the average number of tests carried out on daily basis were in the range of 30000-40000 while the number in June were in the range of 40000-50000.

Kashmir valley has witnessed a dramatic decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases as nearly two thousand infected patients were detected this month, which is a sharp fall from May – the peak month of the second wave – when nearly 70000 cases were detected.
Last month also recorded a sharp fall in number as Kashmir’s ten districts recorded 3520 cases and 16 deaths. The fall in the COVID-19 infections has also coincided with the vaccination campaign as more than seven million doses have been administered so far.

Kashmir valley was gripped by the COVID-19’s second wave earlier this year when the administration had allowed tourists and opened markets even as infections caused by a more
virulent strain had begun to overwhelm most parts of India.

During the second wave of COVID-19 in Kashmir, the daily number of cases had increased drastically from mid-March and reached a peak in May when nearly 70000 people had
tested positive and 1588 had died due to the disease.

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