6 Of A Family Test Positive, Covid-19 Cases Cross 300 Mark In J&K

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Srinagar: Coronavirus cases in Kashmir crossed 300 mark, as 14 more people, including six members of a family, tested positive to virus on Monday raising the tally of infected people across the Union Territory to 368.

“14 new cases reported. All from Kashmir. Total number of cases now 368. Jammu-55 and Kashmir-313. Detailed bulletin follows,” government spokesperson Rohit Kansal Tweeted.

Out of the 14 fresh cases today, seven are from Bandipora, five from Anantnag and two others from Kupwara district. The reports of nine of the infected were confirmed by SKIMS authorities while the officials at the Chest Disease hospital here confirmed five others.

In Bandipora district, six of a family were among seven fresh cases detected today from Gunj Jehangir area of the district. Among them are three brothers.

A wife of a cleric is the seventh case from the area, which has seen a spurt in cases after the death of a Covid-19 patient early this month.

The two other confirmed cases are from Muqam-e-Shahwali village of Kupwara are wife of a previous Covid-19 patient and a teenager, who has contracted the disease after coming into contact with an already infected person.

The positive cases confirmed at the CD Hospital are all residents of Shangus in Anantnag and were admitted in a Trauma hospital at Bijbehara. Except for a 19-year-old girl whose contact is not known, all others, all men—aged 55, 56, 65 and 70, have contracted the disease from a previous COVID-19 patient.

With these cases, Bandipora now has 91 coronavirus patients, highest in all districts, followed by Srinagar (79), Baramulla (44), Kupwara (33), Jammu (26), Shopian (22), Udhampur (20), Ganderbal (14), Budgam (13), Anantnag (8), Kulgam (6), Rajouri (4), Samba (4), Pulwama (3) and Kishtwar (1).

Meanwhile, the media bulletin released by the government today said that out of 368 positive cases, 292 are active, 71 have recovered and 5 others have died.

The bulletin said that till date 61774 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance, including 6463 persons in home quarantine, 229 in hospital quarantine, 292 in hospital isolation and 20115 under home surveillance.

“Besides, 34670 persons have completed their surveillance period. Out of 8612 test results available, 8244 samples have tested as negative till April 20, 2020,” the bulletin reads.

The advisory issued in the bulletin informs people that all gatherings- religious, social and others continue to be prohibited. While as no inter-district or inter-division movement is permitted.

The advisory adds that no movement of any kind is permitted in and out of Red Zones designated by the administration, as a precautionary measure. It also urges people not to move out even in areas other than red zones, unless absolutely necessary to do so.

“If at all you have to go out of home, ensure that you wear a mask or face cover. Wearing of face covers/ masks is mandatory in all public and workplaces,” the advisory says.

“Basic, essential activities are permitted, except in Red Zones, but all precautions including sanitisation, social distancing, and use of masks is essential,” the advisory adds.

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