Covid-19 Crosses 1000-Mark In J&K, 30 More Test Positive


A doctor stands in a protective booth during the collection of samples for COVID-19 testing in a Red zone area of Srinagar,KO Photo: Abid Bhat

2 Patients, GMC Gatekeeper Among New Cases

Srinagar: Coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir crossed thousand mark on Friday after 30 fresh cases, including two patients admitted to the SMHS hospital here, tested positive for virus, taking the number of infected people across the Union Territory to 1013.

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

Of fresh cases, twenty-one were reported from Kashmir and nine from Jammu division, they said.

They said among the fresh cases, 11 were reported from Srinagar, six from Baramulla, four from Kathua, two each from Kupwara and Ramban besides one each from Bandipora, Pulwama, Jammu, Udhampur and Ramban.

Regarding two patients who tested positive at SMHS hospital, its medical superintendent Dr Nazir Choudhary said “One patient was admitted to CD hospital and later his test came out to be negative. He was kept in separate room. His fresh test came out to be positive again. He has now been shifted (CD) again.”

Regarding another patient, the medical superintendent said she is a 29-year-old woman who was operated in ENT on May 8. “She was shifted to surgical ICU. Her test came positive,” he said, adding, “Many doctors, nurses and patients would now be quarantined.”

Choudhary said that almost 20 doctors and nurses besides the patients would now be quarantined.

Sources said that among the fresh cases is also gate keeper at GMC. “One can imagine how many move through the gate. We will have to act quickly,” a senior doctor at GMC Srinagar said.

At SKIMS, the Valley’s premier healthcare institution, eight out of the total samples which were processed at hospital’s viral diagnostic lab returned positive of the virus.

They include six from Baramulla and one each from Pulwama and Bandipora districts. They include 22-year-old from Pulwama, 28-year-old and 40-year-old from Mirgund Baramulla, 9-year-old boy, 11-year-old girl, 20-year-old woman and 40-year-old from Tangmarg besides 20-year-old from Sopore Baramulla while one case—23-year-old woman—is from Nadihal Bandopora.

Professor Farooq Jan, medical superintendent SKIMS said almost all of them have history of travel to New Delhi and Bangalore while one case is a contact of a previous covid-19 patient.

At Chest Diseases hospital, 12 test reports came positive for coronavirus. All of them are said to be travellers

Regarding those who tested positive at CD lab include 45-year-old man from Samba, at present guest house in Rajbagh Srinagar,  29-year-old woman from Habba Kadal (admitted to Surgical ICU SMHS hospital), 38-year-old woman and 35-year-old from Ramban 35-year-old man from Udhampur, 39-year-old man from Kathua, 33-year-old man from Kishanpur Udhampur, 31-year-old from Farid Kote Punjab, 21-year-old man from Dahnagri Kathua, 38-year-old Jodhpur Rajasthan and 31-year-old Nowshera Rajouri.

Of the total number of cases reported so far, 903 are from Kashmir and 110 from Jammu. Eleven people (nine In Kashmir and two In Jammu) have died and 513 patients (456 from Kashmir and 57 from Jammu) have recovered. The number of active cases stands at 489 (438 in Kashmir and 51 in Jammu), officials said.

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


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