In Ladakh, stringent measures to fight COVID-19 pandemic are yielding results. In the last week of April, there were 2,027 active positive cases in the Union Territory. Restrictions on inbound passengers and weekend COVID curfew are showing the results. AIR correspondent reports as intensive vaccination programme for 45 age group began last month, Ladakh also witnessed an upsurge in the number of covid positive cases touching a peak of 2027 in the last week, due to infected inbound passengers. During this period a twenty covid deaths are also recorded totaling 151 in UT including 107 deaths in Leh alone, since the first covid death last year.
Considering the worrisome situation, Leh DDMA has imposed a 56 hours weekend curfew and restrictions during the weekdays to break the chain. From One thousand, Nine hundred twenty seven (1927) on 25th April, the number of active cases now came down to One thousand, One hundred ninety seven (1197 ) in Leh, today.
While implementing the restrictions, the Administration also made elaborative arrangements to meet exigencies by increasing COVID and ICU beds to 300 at various facilities. These are apart from 1,351 quarantine beds in isolation facilities and COVID care centres. As of now, only 109 are admitted in COVID hospitals, while 255 are in COVID Care Centres, 218 in facility isolation and 615 are in home isolation in Leh. On the other hand, as the Srinagar-Leh National highway is opened for traffic, the Kargil Administration has set up screening points for intense testing at the entry itself.
Hill Councils in Leh and Kargil are regularly reviewing the stocks of medicines and availability of oxygen to the patients. UT Ladakh has an impressive recovery rate with 90 percent, which is much higher than the nation’s average of 82 percent.