Kashmir Records 24 New Covid-19 Cases, J&K Tally At 184

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Health workers wearing protective gear scan visitors at the entrance of a hospital in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, in Srinagar. | Photo Credit: PTI

Srinagar: Coronavirus cases continue to shoot up rapidly in Kashmir Valley as twenty four more people, half of them family members of a Covid-19 deceased, tested positive to the dreaded infection on Thursday, taking the number of total cases across Jammu and Kashmir to 184.

“24 more positive in Kashmir. Total 184. 32 in Jammu, 152 in Kashmir. All are contacts. A result of aggressive testing,” Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted this afternoon.

Among the fresh cases recorded today, twelve are the family members and relatives of a middle-aged Bandipora man, who died of coronavirus at SMHS hospital on Tuesday, becoming third victim of the dreaded disease. The infected family members include the deceased man’s wife, two daughters and a granddaughter, a resident of Amargarh in Sopore.

Other eight contacts include the deceased’s brother, two sisters-in-laws, 3 nephews, niece and a 22-year-old male relative from Naidkhai area of the Bandipora district, news agency GNS reported.

Eight other people who tested positive to Covid-19 are the contacts of a teacher from Tangmarg, who is already under treatment for the deadly infection. Among the infected are his in-laws: a family of five—48-year-old male, his wife (40), son (12) and two daughters—one aged 14 years and other 20 years—besides 3 others one of them a widow (75) and her son (23) besides a 29-year-old woman, all resident of Sullanda Tangmarg.

The four other cases which surfaced today include that of a 22-year-old from Muqam-e-Shahwali in Kupwara district who had returned from New Delhi on March 20. He was quarantined only two days ago, the sources said.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara said that the youth has history of travel to Delhi and has been shifted to Covid-19 hospital Kupwara along with immediate contacts.

“The patient is asymptomatic and is doing fine,” he said.

The three other cases include that of a woman from Tengpora Srinagar, and two others from twin districts south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam.

The 24-year-old resident of Sopat in Kulgam is said to be one of the contacts of the first COVID-19 victim, the 67-year-old man from Hyderpora Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the daily media bulletin released by the government today said that till date 184 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 out of which 174 are active positive, six have recovered and four have died. Out of 184 positive cases, 152 are from Kashmir and 32 from Jammu division.

“Till date 43798 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 8157 persons in home quarantine, 478 in hospital quarantine, 174 in hospital isolation and 25975 under home surveillance. Besides, 9010 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period,” the bulletin said.

It further said that till date test report of 2649 samples has been received out of which 2465 are negative, and 184 as positive.

The bulletin urged the general public to stay indoors, strictly implement social distancing measures, disclose recent travel history to COVID-19 affected countries and report any contact with positive cases voluntarily.

The bulletin stressed on people to take care of their bodies during home stay by ensuring to stay hydrated, eating balanced diet and resting well.

Two Kulgam Areas Declared ‘Red Zones’

The district administration on Thursday declared two areas of the district as ‘Red Zones’ after two persons tested positive for the deadly coronavirus infection.

The District Magistrate, Kulgam Showkat Aijaz Bhat declared Reshipora ward 04 of municipal council as ‘Red Zone’ and its surrounding wards Naikpora, A & B ward number 2, Noorbagh ward number 05 and Guripora ward No 03 as buffer Zones after first positive Covid-19 case was reported from Reshipora, an official spokesperson said.

He also declared village Sopat as ‘Red Zone’ and adjoining villages as buffer zones after second positive case surfaced in the district.

Invoking prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, the order passed by the DC banned inward and outward movement of any person from ‘Red Zone and buffer zone’ areas.

“He ordered the concerned to ensure strict imposition of restrictions in the areas which have been declared red and buffer zones,” the official spokesperson added.

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