COVID19: Nearly 50,000 put under surveillance in J&K so far; 2 elderly women among 17 new cases

Members of a medical team surveying a house in Srinagar (File Photo KM/Umar Ganie)

Srinagar:  Seventeen new positive cases of Coronavirus, five from Jammu and 12 from Kashmir, were reported on Saturday taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 224.

Of them, 214 are active positive, six have recovered and four have died. Till date, 48202 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 7729 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 422 in hospital quarantine, 214 in hospital isolation and 28912 under home surveillance. Besides, 10921 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.

Also, 2982 samples have tested as negative till April 11.

Saturday’s cases

Maternal and paternal grandmothers of a COVID-19 patient from Kupwara were among seventeen fresh cases of novel coronavirus on Saturday.

Among the fresh cases also includes a woman who gave birth by caesarean delivery at a hospital in Jammu on April 11.

Regarding 12 cases in Kashmir, nine are from north Kashmir districts, two from central Kashmir’s Budgam and one from southern Shopian district, the sources said.

“2 more (coronavirus) positives from Muqam Shawali and another from Bandipora, currently residing at Trehgam. All contacts of earlier positive patients. All of them are under quarantine at COVID Hospital Kupwara and are stable,” Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Anshul Garg said.

The two patients from Muqam Shawali are 70-year-old and 80-year-old grandmothers of the local COVID-19 patient, a 23-year-old youth, while the third one from Trehgam, Kupwara is a 20-year-old youth who has a history of travel to Bhopal and New Delhi.

Five cases are from Bandipora and they include 44-year-old woman, 20-year-old youth, 25-year-old female, 25-year-old youth and 70-year-old woman, all residents of Gund Jahangeer area of the district and all contacts of previous COVID-19 patients. Among the fresh cases includes a 24-year-old female from Wagub, Sopore in northern Baramulla district, they said.   

Another case from Budgam includes a 60-year-old man from Pallar area with history for travel to New Delhi.

The case from Shopian is a 30-year-old man, a resident of Shirmal area and is said to be the contact of a previous patient who happens to be his grandfather, they added.  

Jammu reported five new cases and includes a woman from Akhnoor who gave birth to a baby at Sri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) hospital in city on Friday.   

This is the J&K first case of a COVID-19 positive patient giving birth and it has led to panic mostly within the hospital.

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

More than 165 cases were added in the last eleven days alone.

Four people have died due to the deadly infection in the J&K while six others—three each in Jammu and Kashmir divisions have recovered and discharged.

District-wise cases

While Srinagar did not witness any new cases on Saturday, it still has the highest number of positive cases. The summer capital has 58 positive cases in which 56 are active positive, 1 has recovered and one has died.

Bandipora has 41 positive cases with 38 Active Positive, two have recovered and one died; Baramulla has 33 positive cases with 32 Active Positive, and one died; Budgam 11 positive cases all of whom are Active Positiv; Pulwama three positive cases–all Active Positive; Shopian and Kupwara with 14 and 15 positive cases respectively; and Ganderbal and Kulgam with two and three positive cases respectively.

Figures provided by J&K Administration in official daily bulletin

Similarly, Jammu has 19 positive cases of whom 17 are Active Positive and two have recovered, Udhampur 18 positive cases of which 17 are Active Positive, 0 recovered and one died, while as Rajouri and Kishtwar have three and one positive cases respectively wherein all the three in Rajouri are Active Positive and the single positive case has recovered fully in Kishtwar district. Further, there are three positive cases in Samba whom all are Active Positive. (With inputs from GNS)

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