Srinagar, March 28 (GNS): Kashmir Valley recorded highest single day jump in covid-19 cases, with nine persons testing positive for the pathogen on Saturday. Also three persons tested positive for the coronovirus disease (Covid-19) in Jammu, taking the number of such patients to 32 in entire J&K.
Official sources told Global News Service (GNS) that the eight of them are admitted in CD hospital here and include a 56-years-old man from Jawaharnagar Srinagar who has travel history to Indonesia, and three persons, aged between 28 to 35 years, from Hajin area of Bandipora who had come in contact with the 65 year-old man who died of the disease on Thursday.
The other one is a 62-year-old from Tangmarg area of Baramulla and he has no travel history even to outside Valley and is believed that he might have come in contact with covid-19 patients. The three others include a couple, aged 45-year-old (male), and 40-year-old (female) from Ahmad Nagar Srinagar while other one in a resident of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. While the couple had returned from Mumbai, the sources said the 42-year man from Vathoora Chadoora Budgam had recently arrived from Jammu.
Besides them, one more person aged 26-year-old, who is admitted in SKIMS tested positive, they said. He is a resident of Rajpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, they said.
With these nine fresh cases, the tally of COVID-19 patients in the Kashmir region has gone up to 23 and one of them, the 65-year-old man from Hyderpora, originally a resident of Sopore, died on Thursday. Among them, a 67-year-old woman who was first COVID-19 patient in Valley has recovered at SKIMS Soura, the Valley’s only tertiary care hospital.
In all, 32 persons have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir and nine of them are in Jammu region—6 in the winter capital of the J&K and three in Rajouri district.
“Hardly do I finish my press briefing -28 cases-that I get more unpleasant news -5 new positive cases- 2 in Srinagar, 3 in Jammu- all contacts of previously positive ones ; All Jammu cases asymptomatic. We are at 33 now (sic),” Principal Secretary, Planning & Development & Information, Rohit Kansal tweeted.
Earlier addressing a presser, he said: “we have been closely monitoring and reviewing the extra ordinary situation in which we are in. We are also keeping you informed about the measures taken by government.”
He said like other parts of the country, Jammu and Kashmir has also seen the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases since week or so.
Meanwhile sources said sixteen more persons with covid-19 symptoms were admitted to SKIMS Soura. With this, 39 people are admitted in isolation facility there.
Regarding CD hospital Srinagar, they said, 22 more suspected persons were admitted today. Also two persons were admitted to JLNM hospital Rainawari. In all 65 persons are admitted in these two isolation facilities, they said.
When contacted Dr Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, state surveillance officer told GNS that so far 223 samples have been taken in Kashmir Valley and 22 of them tested positive for the disease.
The Government informed that 5919 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance so far.
As per the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus, 3535 persons have been kept under home quarantine (including facilities operated by Govt.) while as 227 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 1525 while as 632 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
It said that 486 samples have been sent for testing of which 486 tested as negative. The bulletin further stated. (GNS)