Srinagar: A 5 and 8-year-old boys besides a woman and her three minor daughters were among twenty people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kashmir Valley on Friday, taking the number of the infected persons to J&K to 454.
All these cases were confirmed at Viral Diagnostic Lab of SKIMS Soura and as per Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent of the tertiary care hospital, nine of them are from Bandipora, five from Shopian, four from Kupwara and two from Baramulla districts.
“395 sample reports were received today and twenty among them came out to be positive,” he said.
According to Chief Medical Officer Bandipora Dr Tajamul Hussain nine cases in the district are from two families of Gund Kaiser area.
Sources said they include six females—aged 19, 20, 21, 25, 27, and 70—besides two males—one of the 65-year-old and other 80-years-old.
“They belong to two families and are contacts of previous patients,” said the CMO, adding, “Contact tracing is on. 132 samples were collected today only and include 86 in Sumbal block and 46 in Bandipora.”
Five more cases were reported from Shopian district—three from Heerpora and two from Beminipora village.
With three fresh cases including a 5-year-old boy, a 21-year-old female, and a 60-year-old man of Heerpora, a small village comprising around 1000 households, now has 45 COVID-19 patients even as a few among them have recovered. The two cases in Beminipora village in the southern Kashmir district includes an 8-year-old boy and a 45-year-old female.
Kupwara district reported four fresh cases and includes the 40-year-old wife of a policeman (posted in Srinagar) and their three daughters—aged 9, 12, and 16—of Muqam-e-Shahwali area.
Two cases in Baramulla are from Solinda Tangmarg and include 21-year-old male and 13-year-old girl, both contacts of previous patients.
Official sources said that 17 more patients were discharged –five from Shopian, 4 from SKIMS and 8 from GMC Baramulla.
With these fresh cases, Bandipora now has 108 COVID-19 patients, highest in all districts, followed by Srinagar (79), Shopian (60), Baramulla (52), Kupwara (45), Jammu (26), Udhampur (20), Ganderbal (14), Budgam (14), Anantnag (15), Kulgam (6), Rajouri (4), Samba (4), Pulwama (3) while Kathua, Kishtwar and Ramban districts have one case each.
While overall tally has gone upto 454, there are 340 active cases—39 in Jammu and 301 in Kashmir. Five persons have died of the disease so far while 109 others—17 in Jammu and 92 in Valley— have recovered.
Meanwhile, the government informed 65722 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which includes 6162 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 340 in Hospital Isolation, 260 in hospital Quarantine and 11970 under home surveillance. Besides, 46985 persons have completed their surveillance period. (GNS)
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