COVID-19: Woman tests positive a day after giving birth to baby in J-K

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Srinagar: A day after giving birth at Sri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) hospital in Jammu, a woman from Akhnoor, Jammu, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, sending alarm bells ringing in the region.

This is the J-K’s first case of a COVID-19 positive patient giving birth and it has led to panic in the entire Jammu city.

Meanwhile, the sample of the baby has been taken and results are awaited. “Both the woman, a resident of Akhnoor Jammu, and baby are healthy but the woman’s tests returning positive for the coronavirus has created panic,” said a senior official. “The hospital has many patients and this is reason why everybody is alarmed.”

She was among seventeen fresh cases of novel coronavirus reported in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the number of infected persons in the J-K to 224.

“17 new cases reported in J&K. 5 from Jammu Division and 12 from Kashmir. Total positive cases now 224,” said the government’s spokesman Rohit Kansal.

Twelve cases in Kashmir include six from Bandipora, three from Kupwara, and one from Budgam districts.

“Two more positives from Muqam Shawali and another from Bandipora currently residing in Trehgam, all contacts of earlier positive patients. All three are under quarantine at COVID Hospital Kupwara and are stable,” said Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Anshul Garg.

He requested all to cooperate with district administration in contact tracing and surveillance in “red zones”.

Today’s cases are lowest recently as 150 cases were added in the last ten days alone. From the time the first COVID-19 case was announced in J-K on 9 March, it took about three weeks for the cases to reach the fifty mark. It took the next five days for the cases to double—to cross 100—and next as many days to cross 200-mark.

From fifty-two reported cases by the end of last month, the J-K reached a cumulative tally of 106 cases on 5 April. Till date, the officially confirmed tally stands at 224—forty-four in Jammu and 180 in Kashmir. Four people have died due to the infection in J-K while six others—three each in Jammu and Kashmir divisions—have recovered and discharged. (GNS)

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