Four More Test Positive In Kashmir, Total Cases Rise To 8

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Natipora locality being santized. KO Photo

Srinagar- Four people, hailing from Bandipora district, tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the number of cases in Kashmir to 8, officials said.

“Four more persons, all from Bandipora, tested positive today. Preliminary findings suggest they were close contacts of Srinagar patient who tested positive yesterday,” government spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted.

He also said all the five people who have tested positive — four fresh cases and one from Tuesday — were reported to have participated together in a religious event.

Authorities were collecting individual details of travel history and local contacts of each of the fresh cases, a senior official said here.

With these, the total number of positive cases in the valley has gone up to eight and in the union territory to 11.

Three of the infected people — two in Jammu and one in Kashmir — have recovered from the disease, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the daily media bulletin issued by the government today said that 5124 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance.

“3061 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 80 are being quarantined at the hospital. Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 1477 while as 506 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period,” the bulletin said.

It added that 326 samples have been sent for testing of which 294 tested as negative while as 21 reports are awaited till March 25, 2020.

The bulletin said that the government advisory has urged people to strictly follow directions of the Prime Minister who has called for complete lockdown for the next 21 days in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and break the chain of its transmission.

“People are therefore appealed to stay in their homes and take the lockdown imposed by government with utmost sincerity as carelessness of few can throw us into grave jeopardy, keeping in view the global experiences of countries which have been successful in containing the spread of COVID-19 through implementation of social distancing measures unlike some other countries where thousands of people have died,” reads the advisory.

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