Senior Health Officer, Expecting Mother Among 80 New Cases 


Srinagar: Coronavirus cases crossed 1300 mark in Kashmir Valley on Saturday as 80 more people, including a senior health department officer and an expecting mother tested positive to the virus, taking the number of infected people across the Union Territory to 1569.

Majority of the cases were reported from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where 36 people tested Covid-19 positive today. The other cases include 6 from Anantnag, five from Kulgam, four each from Baramulla and Pulwama, three from Srinagar and one from Bandipora.

In Ramban, 14 people tested positive for infection while Jammu had four new cases, and Kathua, Kishtwar and Poonch one each.

Today’s new cases have taken the overall tally in J&K to 1,569—1330 in Valley and 239 in Jammu.

A total of 774 people (702 in Kashmir, 72 in Jammu) have recovered from the infection, leaving 774 active cases in the J&K – 609 in Kashmir and 165 in the Jammu region.

The J&K has witnessed 21 (19 from Kashmir, 2 from Jammu) coronavirus-related deaths, including the one that took place on Saturday.

According to the reports, 39 samples returned positive at the viral diagnostic lab of the premier SKIMS Soura here. Among the fresh cases, 35 are from Kupwara, two from Srinagar while one each is from Pulwama—30-year-old man from Khrew Pampore and Baramulla—40-year-old man from Rafiabad.

The Kupwara cases include two women—one 18-year-old and another 20-year-old— besides 33 men— aged between 19 to 66 years—, residents of Daripora, Gulgam, and main Kupwara having travel history to Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Punjab, reports said.

The two Srinagar cases confirmed at SKIMS include 24-year-old male from Rambagh and 30-year-old woman from Qamarwari

Similarly, 14 positive cases were confirmed by the officials at the Microbiology Lab of the Chest Diseases hospital here.

Among the cases include six from Anantnag— 63-year-old woman and three women—aged 40, 43 and 62 years besides two men—one 23-year-old and another 53-year-old—from Imoh area. Four are from Kulgam—20-year-old woman from Kariwa and three— 65-year-old man and two women, one of them aged 40-years-old, from Khaloora—while three are from Reshipora Pulwama—13-year-old boy, 34-year-old woman and 36-year-old man from Reshipora Pulwama and a 50-year-old doctor –Deputy Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, a resident of Habbak Srinagar.

The remaining tests came positive in GMC Jammu and private labs.

With these fresh cases, Anantnag now has 272 COVID-19 patients, highest in all districts, followed by Kulgam (198), Srinagar (179), Kupwara (164), Bandipora (139), Baramulla (136), Shopian (127), Jammu (72), Budgam (63), Kathua (41), Udhampur (33), Ramban (44), Ganderbal (27), Pulwama (25), Samba (20), Rajouri (10),  Kishtwar (8), Poonch (6), Reasi 4 and Doda (1).


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