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J&K Mulls Reopening Edu Institutions In Phased Manner

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LG Directs Priority Vaccination Of College, University Students

Srinagar: As coronavirus pandemic continues to show a significant decline in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory administration on Saturday said that it can now work out a plan to open educational institutions in a staggered manner.

“As the Covid situation in J & K has improved significantly, now we can work out a plan to open educational institutions in a staggered manner,” Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said Saturday.

Sinha made these remarks while chairing a series of meetings with Covid Task Force, Deputy Commissioners and District SsP to review the Covid situation across the Union Territory, an official spokesperson said. The meetings were the latest in the series, wherein the LG takes district-wise assessment of the Covid scenario in the UT and seeks action-taken report from the District Administrations.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson, also directed the Health Department to prioritize vaccination of college and university students.

He further said that the LG called upon adherence of Covid appropriate behaviour (CAB), maximum vaccination coverage, testing and, strict implementation of micro containment zones to eliminate the looming threat of third coronavirus wave.

“J & K's average vaccination coverage of the first dose in 45 and above age group clocking 99.9 %; positivity rate dropping to 0.2 % and all districts falling under Green Zone as per the stringent indicators for consecutive weeks are results of strenuous efforts by all,” Sinha said, as per an official spokesperson.

“J & K government is getting full support from the Government of India in its fight against the global pandemic. Against the committed 6.5 lakh doses of vaccination for the current lot, the Government of India has provided more than 16 lakh doses to J & K which itself speaks about the undeterred commitment and dedicated attention of GoI towards saving precious lives,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG said that with GoI's help, the UT government will achieve its target of covering 60 % of the population with the first dose by August.

In a meeting with the DCs and SsP, the LG, he said, directed for adopting zero-tolerance against non-observance of Covid Appropriate Behaviour to ensure that the Covid situation remains under control.

He further said that the Divisional Commissioners and DCs were instructed to monitor the working of Joint teams for effective enforcement of containment measures.

“Adherence of Covid Appropriate Behaviour, 100% vaccination coverage of the targeted population, maximum testing, wearing of face masks, strict implementation of micro containment zones, effective clinical management need to be ensured in a mission mode to eliminate the threat of the 3rd wave,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department gave a detailed district-wise analysis of Covid-19 pandemic including the status of vaccine availability and coverage; daily trend of COVID 19 cases; trend of daily testing done and daily positivity rate etc.

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