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Kashmir: Public parks, gardens open for public in Srinagar

Aasif Suhaf, Srinagar: After remaining closed for public for over four months, gardens and public parks were thrown open in Kashmir amidst stress upon strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

These places reopened for visitors who are either vaccinated or carrying a valid negative RT-PCR within 48 hours. Those not falling in both categories would have to undergo rapid test before entry.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration maintained that significant improvement has been observed in the daily, weekly positivity rate in district Srinagar since past few weeks.

Meanwhile,  India has reported 45,892 new cases of Coronavirus, taking the cumulative caseload in the country to 3,07,09,557, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The active cases in the country further declined to 4,59,920, the Ministry added. 

With 930 more fatalities being reported in the last 24-hour, the cumulative fatality toll has climbed to 4,04,211.  Active cases in the country constitute of 1.50% of total cases. 

Recovery rate has rose to 97.18%, while weekly positivity rate was reported below 5%, currently at 2.37%. Daily positivity rate is at 2.42%, less than 3% for 17 consecutive days. Meanwhile, the testing capacity has been ramped up – 42.52cr tests total conducted, the Health Ministry said. 

Today marks the one month of the country reporting below 1 lakh cases. According to the  Health Ministry. According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 44,291 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,98,43,825 till date.

The Ministry said that a total of 36,48,47,549 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 33,81,671 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

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According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 42,52,25,897 samples have been tested up to July 7 for Covid-19. Of these 18,93,800 samples were tested on Wednesday.

On July 6, India recorded 553 deaths — lowest since April 6. This was after on May 23, India saw record fatalities with 4,454 deaths in 24 hours at the peak of the second wave. The first death in the country due to the pandemic was reported last March.

Meanwhile, the overall death toll has crossed the grim milestone of 4 million mark. 

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