Srinagar, May 5 (GNS): Mother and her two daughters besides SMC Corporator was among 15 more people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the tally of the Covid-19 patients to 741 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Professor Farooq Ahmad Jan, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Soura said that nine out of 898 samples, processed at Viral Diagnostic Lab of the hospital, returned positive for the novel coronavirus and include six from Shopian, two from Bandipora and one from Baramulla.
Similarly, Nodal Officer Dr Saleem Khan told GNS out of samples processed till 1600 hours at CD hospital’s Covid-19 laboratory, five tested positive and include a 34-old woman and her two daughters—one of the 7-year-old old and other 13-year-old from Wander Mohalla of Rainawari Srinagar. The capital city also reported one more case—a corporator at SMC, a resident of Narwara Srinagar while the fifth person whose samples returned positive at CD lab is a 30-year-old woman from Telwani area of Annatnag district.
The development has prompted Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to move around a dozen corporators as well as staff associated with Mayor and his deputy to quarantine.
Nodal Officer Dr Saleem Khan confirmed that the corporator has tested positive for the pathogen.
Commissioner, SMC, Gazanfar Ali told GNS that the corporators and the Mayor and deputy mayor’s staff was moved quarantine soon after reports were received.
The brother of the Corporator after arriving in the Valley from outside J&K had concealed his travel history and was living with his family.
After neighbours informed district administration Srinagar about him, was put in quarantine on April 28 and tested positive on Friday last. Regarding Shopian cases, they said, 55-year-old male from Manzinpora while five others are from Heerpora, one of the worst-hit areas in the southern Kashmir district and include 18-year-old and 35-year-old women and three men—one of them a teenager (18) while two others are 25-year-old and 50-year-old respectively.
Bandipora reported two fresh cases—one of them a 6-year-old boy from Naidkhai and other 41-year-old man from Gund Kaiser while Baramulla’s only case is said to be a 22-year-old female from Nowpora Sopore.
Jammu’s division’s Udhampur district also reported a fresh case, taking its tally of positive cases to 21.
With these cases, Bandipora has 132 positive cases followed by Srinagar 113, Anantnag 110, Baramulla 104 , Shopian 89, Kupwara 66, Budgam 30, Ganderbal 14 (no active case), 11 Kulgam and Pulwama 9.
Similarly, Jammu has 27 positive cases and all but one of them have recovered followed by Udhampur 21, Samba 7, Rajouri 4 while Kathua, Kishtwar, Ramban, and Reasi districts have one case each and except for Kishtwar all of them are ‘active positive’
Moreover, 17 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals and include one from Bandipora, three from Baramulla, six from Shopian and seven from Kupwara districts.
Meanwhile, according to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 741 positive cases, 413 are active positive, 320 have recovered and eight have died.
Till date 80206 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which includes 13688 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 213 in Hospital Quarantine, 413 in hospital isolation and 7274 under home surveillance. Besides, 58610 persons have completed their surveillance period. (GNS)