Over two lakh COVID-19 samples have been collected in Kashmir so far, officials of Directorate of Health Services Kashmir said on Saturday.
As per figures maintained by DHSK, so far 201287 samples have been collected in Kashmir that had been tested in three testing labs since coronavirus cases poured in.
“Till Saturday, 20133 samples have been taken from Anantnag, Bandipora 15072, Baramulla 24251, Budgam 18648, Ganderbal 7631, Kulgam 13654, Kupwara 14765, Pulwama 19971, Shopian 12925, Srinagar 27069 and 27168 samples collected from Srinagar airport,” reveal the figures.
The figures include 62051 samples of travelers.
OSD to DHSK, Dr Qazi Haroon said that they had been at the forefront in sample collection and hailed the sample collection teams deputed across Kashmir hospitals.
“The credit goes to all the people who are working in the field and labs despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
He said that the sampling is being done in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures already communicated to districts.
The health officials said all district hospitals in the valley are collecting samples of suspected cases as a part of aggressive sampling aimed at decreasing the burden of shifting of suspects to tertiary care hospitals.
So far, 169 people have died of the novel coronavirus while more than 10000 have been infected in Jammu and Kashmir.