March 29, 2020 10:24 pm

5 More Test Positive For COVID-19 In Kashmir, Total Cases In JK 38

Health officials during their door-to-door visit in Khanyar locality to check the neighborhood for symptoms of coronavirus, in Srinagar. (PTI Photo)

Srinagar– Five more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Kashmir on Sunday taking the total number of cases in Valley to 29 and in Jammu and Kashmir to 38, said J&K administration.

“5 more positives cases confirmed in Kashmir -2 from Srinagar, 2 Budgam, 1 Baramulla,” Govt spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted.

Earlier in a day a COVID-19 patient from Tangmarg area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district died at CD hospital Srinagar making him second fatality due the deadly disease in the Valley.

The first death case due the deadly disease was reported in the Valley on Thursday after a a COVID-19 patient from Hyderpora passed away.

On Saturday thirteen people tested positive for the deadly virus making it highest number of positive cases reported in the UT on a single day.

Of the total 38 cases, 29 have reported in Kashmir, including two death cases due to the infection, while nine are in Jammu division.

According to a media bulletin issued on Sunday evening, of the 588 samples tested so far, 542 were negative, 38 positive, while reports of eight people were awaited.

The number of active cases stands at 34 as two patients have recovered and two died.

The administration said till date 6,465 number of travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance– 3,260 in home quarantine, 307 in hospital quarantine and 2,163 in home surveillance, while 735 have completed their 28 days surveillance period.

It advised people to stay calm and not panic as government has undertaken aggressive contact tracing and testing campaign to detect COVID-19 positive cases.

Kansal warned those hiding their travel history, and said “this is criminal”.

“Contact tracing teams reporting that despite so many appeals people still hiding travel histories. Couple which tested positive in Srinagar yesterday hid international travel history. This is criminal. Please note- an entire society is being put at risk,” he tweeted.

The administration is roping in private hospitals and nursing homes to ramp up the isolation facilities across the Union Territory in case the number of COVID-19 patients increases, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo, said.

All the private hospitals and nursing homes are cooperating and have agreed to provide space for handling such patients, he said.

He visited Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences, Jammu, and assessed the isolation beds that have been spared by the hospital administration.

The financial commissioner said the government will start treating COVID-19 patients at private hospitals and nursing homes in case the need arises.


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