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Covid-19: 7 non-locals among 23 more test positive in J&K

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Wahid Bhat, Ground Report:

23 more people including seven non-locals were tested positive on Friday in J&K UT. The total number of positive patients in the UT is now ,207.

Among the 23 fresh cases, 16 were tested positive in Kashmir Valley and seven in Jammu. Among the 16 cases in Kashmir, officials said ten are from Kupwara and Baramulla districts of north Kashmir while as one is from Srinagar and seven are non local vistors from Kerala, who were part of Tableegi Jamaat.

Regarding Jammu cases, they said, six are contacts of a 61-year-old woman who died on April 8 and are all residents of Udhampur district, the home town of the deceased Covid-19 patient.

A senior officer from the district said that 12 contacts of the deceased woman were immediately traced and 10 were sampled in Udhampur. Out of these, test reports of seven of them have turned out to be positive.

The woman, who was the first Coronavirus casualty in the Jammu region, was cremated in Jammu and not taken to her hometown of Tikri in Udhampur district on Thursday, officials said.

“Total positive cases in J&K now 207. Jammu-39; Kashmir-168. A detailed bulletin follows shortly,” government spokesman Rohit Kansal.

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“8 Covid +ve (cases) in Srinagar today sounds panicky, but it’s not. This is a classic ” tracing success story (sic), ” the DC Srinagar DrShahid Choudhary wrote on his twitter handle.

Choudhary on twitter while adding that 7 of the eight persons testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday were non-locals, who had been right away quarantined by the administration along with the eighth person, who came in their contact.

Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal who shared Choudhary’s tweet said that seven persons testing positive today were members of a religious congregation who were traced and isolated on March 27.

As per officials figures 51 positive cases including one death and one recovery are from Srinagar, 36 including two recoveries and one death are from Bandipora, 30 including one death from Baramulla, 10 from Budgam, 3 from Pulwama, 13 each from Shopian and Kupwara, 2 each from Ganderbal and Kulgam and one from Anantnag in kashmir division.

In Jammu division, 6 are from Jammu district, 17 including one death are from Udhampur, 3 from Rajouri and one from Kishtiwar who has recovered besides that there are 19 cases of non-locals, among them 2 have recovered.

As per the daily information bulletin 46,158 persons in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation while as 7,126 persons have been kept under home quarantine besides that 197 persons are in hospital isolation while as 415 persons are under hospital quarantine.

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According to the bulletin, 9,925 persons have completed surveillance period and 27,89 persons are under home surveillance besides that so far results of 2,961 samples are available.

Out of 2,961, the number of samples tested negative stands at 2,754 while as 207 have been tested positive. So far six persons, three each from Jammu and Kashmir divisions have recovered besides that 1 person from Jammu and three from Kashmir have died.