Srinagar: Four children and five members of a family of an ISM pharmacist were among 25 more people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kashmir Valley on Friday, taking the number of COVID-19 infected persons in J&K to 639.
The youngest among the children is an 8-year-old girl from Anantnag while three others are aged between 12 and 16.
Officials said that besides new cases, there have been 31 recoveries also, taking the number of patients who have recovered 247.
“Recoveries overtake new cases- 25 New Cases, 31 Recoveries; Total Cases now 639. Active Cases-384 (Jammu-6 Kashmir -378),” Rohit Kansal, principal secretary information and a government spokesman said.
Among the fresh cases, 11 were confirmed at Viral Diagnostic Lab of SKIMS Soura and include six from Kupwara, two from Shopian and one each from Baramulla, Bandipora and Budgam districts.
However, most of the cases, 14, were confirmed at the COVID-19 testing laboratory at Chest Disease hospital Dalgate and include 12 from Anantnag and two from Srinagar districts.
The cases from Anantnag include five members of a family comprising wife (52), two daughters (22 and 25) besides a 16-year-old son and brother (in 30s) of an ISM pharmacist from Tailwani Achabal. The 56-year-old pharmacist, posted at PHC Achabal, had tested positive for the disease on April 26.
The other cases include 8-year-old girl, 12-year-old boy besides two men-aged 60 and 80 besides a 48-year-old woman from Larnoo and a 55-year-old woman from Sangam area.
Six cases from Kupwara are from Gonipora Handwara, all men with three of the aged 60 while as many others are 40, 41 and 50 respectively.
Cases includes 17-year-old female and 46-year-old women from Bemina area, sources said.
The Shopian cases include 12-year-old boy and a 55-year-old woman from Heerpora, one of the most affected areas in the southern Kashmir district.
The cases from Bandipora, Baramulla and Budgam districts include a 23-year-old woman from Gundjahangir, a 28-year-old man from Hardchilloo and a 39-year-old man from Char-e-Sharief respectively.
Acording to Prof Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura man from Budgam has travel history to New Delhi. Others, he said, are contacts of previous patients.
Meanwhile, according to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 639 positive cases, 384 are Active Positive, 247 have recovered and 08 have died.
Moreover, 31 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, of Kashmir Division.
It said that out of 21695 test results available, 21056 samples have tested as negative till May 01, 2020.
Furthermore, till date 71837 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which includes 8109 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 185 in Hospital Quarantine, 384 in hospital isolation and 8430 under home surveillance. Besides, 54721 persons have completed their surveillance period.
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