It was a dubious milestone the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir crossed on Wednesday. The number of Wuhan virus infection cases in the UT crossed 1,00,000, with 60,502 cases recorded in Kashmir and 39,849 cases in the Jammu region. Till date, there have been 1,558 casualties, with 1,034 recorded in Kashmir and 524 in Jammu.
The first case of virus infection recorded in the UT was a Tableegi moulvi from Srinagar who stayed for some days in Samba and Jammu districts also. He had visited Deoband as also Nizamuddin Tableegi markaz but did not disclose his travel history to anyone till his condition deteriorated and he died.
By this time, however, he appears to have infected many of his contacts and the spiral of infection set in thereafter. Some pilgrims from Iran and Saudi Arabia who returned to Srinagar were also later found to be infected. Aggressive contact tracing and evolution of better protocols for managing the patients helped deal with them more effectively.
Meanwhile, Srinagar district with 385 deaths so far topped the list of districts in Kashmir. On the other hand, Jammu district suffered 273 fatalities.
As per official records, there have been 20,845 cases in Srinagar so far, of which 19,036 have recovered. The total number of cases in Baramulla was 6,354 of which 5,689 have recovered already.
In the neighbouring UT of Ladakh, the virus infection tally touched 7,134, of which 6,118 have recovered. On Wednesday, the UT reported 71 new cases, 61 of which were in Leh and eight in Kargil.