Six-year-old, two doctors among positive cases; over 56,000 under surveillance

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Srinagar: A 6-year-old girl and two doctors were among twenty-two people, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the number of COVID-19 patients to 300 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Principal Secretary Planning, Rohit Kansal, said that four among the fresh cases reported in last 24-hours are from Jammu while remaining eighteen in Kashmir.

Kansal, who is also the spokesperson of government, said all of them are contacts of positive cases. “The total number of positive cases is now 300— fifty-four in Jammu and 246 in Kashmir,” he added.

Official sources said that eight among the fresh cases in Kashmir are from Ganderbal, three each from Bandipora and Srinagar, besides two each from Baramulla and Kupwara districts.

Regarding cases in Ganderbal, the sources said they are contacts of a previous COVID-19 patient and all of them are also residents of Guzhama village. They include four males — 35, 25, 15 and 28 — and as many females and includes 11-year-old girl while three other are 17-years-old, 20-years-old, and 48-years-old respectively.

Srinagar cases include a 6-year-old girl from Nawakadal, who is actually a resident of Vilgam village of Kupwara, north Kashmir, and she had come in contact with a COVID-19 from Chattabal area, they said. The two others include 48-year-old woman and her 25-year-old daughter, they added.

Patients from Bandipora include two men — 25-year-old and 45-year-old — and a 38-year-old woman, all residents of Gundjahangir and contacts of previous patients.

Regarding Kupwara, sources said they include 18-year-old and 25-yera-old youths and both are residents of Muqam-e-Shahwali, contacts of a previous patient.

“Two more positives from red-zone Anderhama (Muqam Shahwali), both contacts of earlier positive patient,” said Anshul Garg (IAS) Deputy Commissioner Kupwara. “Both are asymptomatic and are doing fine. Primary contacts being traced for quarantine and sampling.”

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr G N Itoo, said that test reports of seventy-six samples was received and two of them returned positive; it included 36-year-old and 44-year-old from Sopore, north Kashmir. One of them has travel history to Nizamudin, New Delhi, while other is a contact of a previous patient, they added.

In Jammu, two doctors — one from ASCOMS Sidhra and one Post Graduate (PG) from Medicines Department of the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu were tested positive. The two others include 6-year-old mother of an earlier COVID-19 positive Government Medical College doctor, who has been discharged last week, and a resident of Udhampur.

The Post Graduate from the Medicines Department of the GMC had attended COVID-19 positive woman from Tikri who died last week.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old boy from Eidgah Srinagar and three other COVID-19 patients were discharged from SKIMS hospital. “All four were tested negative multiple times at SKIMS and were discharged today,” said Professor Farooq Ahmad Jan, medical Superintendent SKIMS. He said three others include 23-year-old and 24-year-old men from S K Bala Bandipora while third one is a 34-year-old from Soibugh Budgam. With them, thirty-six people have recovered in J-K and have been discharged.

Meanwhile, the government informed that 56,595 travellers and people in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which includes 7,784 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 270 in Hospital Quarantine, 260 in hospital isolation, and 30,228 under home surveillance. Besides, 18,049 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period. 4,871 samples have tested as negative till 15 April. (GNS)

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