Covid-19 Claims Its 3rd Victim In Kashmir, 15 More Test Positive

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed third death due to coronavirus on Monday, as fifteen fresh cases surfaced, nine of them in Valley, taking the toll of Covid-19 positive cases to 125 across the Union territory.

According to the government, out of 125 positive cases, 118 are active, 04 have recovered and 03 others have died in the Union Territory.

A 52-year-old from Gund Jehangir village of Bandipora died of cornavirus at the SMHS here, hours after he was admitted at the hospital. With his death, the toll due to Covid-19 in Valley reached three today.

According to reports, the samples of the middle-aged man came positive this afternoon. He was laid to rest at his native village. Only five close relatives of the deceased were allowed to participate in the funeral prayers, after wearing proper protective equipment.

A 65-year-old man from Srinagar was the first fatality in Kashmir on March 26 followed by another man of same age from Tangmarg in Baramulla district who died on March 29.

Of the 15 cases reported on Tuesday, nine are from Kashmir division and six from Jammu division, they said.

Meanwhile nine other fresh cases, include three are from Lal Bazar and minor girls and nephew of a Covid -19 patient who had returned recently from Kolkata and tested positive to infection on March 17, news agency GNS reported. They were under quarantine at Zakura facility and have now been moved to CD hospital.

A woman from Eidgah Srinagar also tested positive to Covid-19. She had come in contact with the previous patients from the area, reports said.

Two other persons are residents of Bandipora who were admitted to SKIMS yesterday and include a 23-year-old man. The man has stated to authorities that he has neither travelled to affected place nor has he come in contact with the previous Covid-19 patients. The other person from the north Kashmir district is a 58-year-old man who had returned home from Maharashtra recently.

A youth from Tangmarg, a contact of previous COVID-19 patient and a middle-aged female from Sopore, also a contact of a previous patient are among two fresh cases.

The last of the cases include a 70-year-old woman from Baramulla whose husband tested positive for the disease last week, reports added.

Meanwhile, the government issued media bulletin said that 37713 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance in Jammu and Kashmir and so far 125 cases have tested positive for novel coronavirus.

“9209 persons have been kept in home quarantine, 567 in hospital quarantine, 118 in hospital isolation and 20735 under home surveillance. Besides, 7084 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period,” the official release said.

It added that till date 1900 samples have been sent for testing of which 1763 have tested as negative, and 12 reports are awaited till April 07, 2020.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, when so many of us are very restricted in our movements, it is even more important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Even a short break from sitting, by doing 3-5 minutes of physical movement, such as walking indoor or stretching, will help ease muscle strain, relieve mental tension and improve blood circulation and muscle activity,” the advisory issued by the government said.

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