7 Cops, 2 Patients Among 37 More Test Positive


A doctor displays a collected sample of a person in a Redzone area of Srinagar. KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Seven policemen, two patients were among thirty-seven persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, taking the number of infected people across the Union Territory to 971.

“Thirty-seven new cases have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours,” the officials said, adding that eleven more patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals.

While 30 were reported from Kashmir, 7others came Covid-19 positive from Jammu division, they said.

21 of the fresh cases were reported positive by the officials at the Chest Diseases Hospital here. Out of 1163 samples processed at the CD Hospital’s Microbiology Lab and 21 came out to be Covid-19 positive.

Eight samples received from District Police Lines Anantnag came out to positive and include that of a follower, two SPOs as many Head Constables, a Constable, a Selection-Grade Constable and a woman, wife of a cop. Except for the woman, none had come in contact with any positive patient, sources told news agency GNS.

The other cases include six from Seer Hamdan— one 40-year-old woman and five men, two of them aged 30-years-old while three others include 38-year-old, 40-year-old and 45-year-old respectively.

Besides cases include a woman from Naibasti, 70-year-old from Frisal and 49-year-old of Mohammad Pora Kulgam, patients admitted to orthopedic ward GMC Anantnag besides 55-year-old man from Khiitaj.

Two cases include 26-year-old and 27-year-old women, whose samples were received from SDH Kokernag, they said.

Nodal officer for coronavirus control at SKIMS, Dr G H Yatoo, said that out of 1726 samples tested at viral diagnostic lab of the tertiary care hospital, 13 came out to be positive.

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS, told GNS that seven of them are from Budgam—24-year-old male and 24 and 25-years-old women from Loripora, 23-year-old woman and two man—aged 35 and 45 years old from Watkul and a 21-year-old man from Zaipora, five from Basoli Jammu  and one from Baramulla—27-year-old from Dangiwachi.

Of the total number of cases reported so far, 874  are from Kashmir and 97 from Jammu. Eleven people (nine In Kashmir and two In Jammu) have died and 466 patients (409 from Kashmir and 57 from Jammu) have recovered. The number of active cases stands at 494 (456 in Kashmir and 38 in Jammu), they added.

More than 1 Lakh people have been kept under surveillance including those who are either in government established quarantine facilities or in home isolation.

Moreover, 11 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, two from Jammu division and nine from Kashmir Division.



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