As the number of cases being tested across J&K rose to 33 today, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam on Saturday appealed people to stay calm and not panic.
In a message, Subrahmanyam said the J&K Government has undertaken an aggressive testing campaign to detect COVID-19 positive cases as a result of which there is an increase in the number. He said the latest five positive cases today – 2 in Srinagar and 3 in Jammu – are all contacts of prior positives and are asymptomatic which would have never been known for upto 2 weeks and would have infected 100s subsequently.
The Chief Secretary said the testing rate in J& K is over 10% of those under surveillance which is higher than states like Kerala. He said Medical capacities, response mechanism and other parameters are being quietly ramped up.
Hoping that J&K would overcome the crisis, the Chief Secretary complimented the frontline health workers, field administration and volunteers who are resolutely fighting on the ground to defeat the pandemic.