Doctor, 11 Others Test Positive for Covid-19, J&K Tally At 380


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

Srinagar: The number of coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 380 on Tuesday after twelve more people, including a doctor and ten residents of south Kashmir’s Shopian, tested positive for the dreaded infection in the Union Territory, officials said.

“12 new cases- 11 from Kashmir 1 from Jammu division (Kathua). 10 recoveries too. Total cases now 380. Jammu Division-56 and Kashmir Division-324,” government spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted.

41-year-old junior doctor posted at GMC Baramulla tested positive for the pathogen four days after he developed symptoms of the dreaded disease, reports said. The doctor had attended general patients and authorities are now trying to trace all his contacts including the patients he has seen at the health facility.

Apart from the doctor’s family and his in-laws, the health officials have also put four others doctors and 15 staffers under quarantine, news agency GNS reported quoting sources.

He is the first doctor in the Valley to have tested positive for the disease. Earlier, four doctors tested positive in Jammu.

Other ten cases from the Valley that came positive are all from south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The reports came

Of the ten patients from Shopian, 8 are from Heerpora and two others—one a 32-year-old-male and other 50-year-old female are from Beminipora areas of the south Kashmir district. Regarding those from Heerpora, sources said they include two males—50-year-old and 18-year-old while six are woman including mother-daughter duo aged 45 and 20 while others are aged 25, 30, 45, 60 and 65 respectively.

Principal Secretary Information Rohit Kansal told reporters in Jammu that there are 380 cases in the J&K till date.

“The total number of cases in 380 of which 294 are active—256 in Kashmir and 38 in Jammu divisions,” he said.

Kansal, who is also the government spokesman, said that 81 people have recovered while five people have died due to the deadly infection in the J&K.

He said 60,000 people have been enlisted for surveillance out of which nearly 35000 have completed the mandatory 28 days quarantine.

Based on the parameters, he said, five districts—Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Srinagar and Jammu have been identified as hotspot districts. “These districts account for more than four-fifths i.e 80 per cent of the cases in J&K.”

Similarly, he said, 92 areas have been designated as Red Zones in J&K and 82 of them are in Kashmir division.

He said the testing rate in J&K is 703 per million, one of the highest in India. “If you may remind, the last time I spoke to you it was 77.5 per million. Since then we have been continuously ramping up our facilities,” he added.

Meanwhile, the media bulletin issued by the government today said that till date 62493 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance, including 6032 persons in home quarantine, 248 in hospital quarantine, 294 in hospital isolation and 17421 under home surveillance.

“Besides, 38493 persons have completed their surveillance period. Out of 9220 test results available, 8840 samples have tested as negative till April 21, 2020,” it adds.



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