MBA Student, Couple Among 19 More Test Positive in Kashmir; Death Toll 5

Social Distancing! Residents of a Srinagar locality stand in a queue to purchase milk. KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir recorded fifth death due to coronavirus on Friday, even as 19 more people, all from Valley tested positive to the dreaded disease, taking the total number of infected people across J&K to 333.

The 75-year-old COVID-19 patient from Armpora Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district died at a hospital here, making it the fourth death Kashmir due to the novel coronavirus.

A 75-year-old man from Arampora locality of Sopore died of coronavirus at the SKIMS Bemina, one of the exclusively Covid-19 management facilities, fifteen days after he was admitted at the hospital, reports said. The elderly man had tested Covid-19 positive earlier this month.

“The man was 70 plus. He was hypertensive and also was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD Asthma),” Medical Superintendent Dr Shafa A Deva said.

She said the body of the deceased would be handed over to his family for last rites with due compliance to the Ministry of Health guidelines.

With the elderly man’s death, the toll due to Covid-19 has risen to four in Kashmir and five across Jammu and Kashmir UT.

Meanwhile, 19 fresh cases were reported in J&K, all in Kashmir Valley—nine of them are from Bandipora, eight from Shopian and 2 from Kupwara, reports said.

A couple and a youth are among three new cases reported from worst hit Gund Jahangir village of Bandipora. They all are said to be contacts of previous patients.

Other six cases from the district include 42-year-old from Naidkhai, two residents of Gund Kaiser—17-year-old youth, a 60-year-old man—besides three residents from Gund Dacchan—15-year-old boy, and two brothers, one of the 64-years-old and other 58-years-old who are contacts of the previous patient.

A 27-year-old MBA student, another youth aged 28 and a 45-year-old woman, all residents of Heerpora and contacts of previous COVID-19 patients were among eight people who tested positive for coronavirus in Shopian district, reports said.

Kupwara cases include 12-year-old brother of a previous patient and their cousin 23-year-old from Muqam-e-Shahwali.

There are now 333 cases in J&K. Of these cases at least 270 were added this month alone. From the time the first COVID-19 case was announced in J&K on March 09, it took about three weeks for the cases to reach 50-mark. It took the next five days to cross 100-mark, subsequent five days to cross 200-mark and few days to reach 300-mark.

From 52 reported cases by the end of last month, the J&K reached a cumulative tally of 106 cases on April 5.

Till date, the officially confirmed tally stands at 328—54 in Jammu and 274 in Kashmir. Five people have died due to the deadly infection in the J&K while 42—9 in Jammu and 33 in Kashmir divisions have recovered and discharged, leaving the active cases in Kashmir to 241 and 44 in Jammu.

Meanwhile, the media bulletin issued by the government said today that 59205 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance, including 7631 persons in-home quarantine, 281 in hospital isolation, 260 in hospital quarantine and 27366 under home surveillance.

“Besides, 23662 persons have completed their surveillance period. Moreover four more Covid-19 patients have recovered and were discharged on Friday from CD hospital Jammu,” the bulletin said.

It said that out of 6438 test results available, 6110 samples have tested as negative till April 17.

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