COVID19-One more positive case from J&K: Health Ministry
Srinagar, Mar 16:
Two new cases–one each from J&K and Ladakh– took the total number of positive
coronavirus cases in India to 114, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary,
Union Health Ministry said: “Four new cases, one each from Odisha, Jammu
and Kashmir, Ladakh and Kerala have been confirmed since the last update. There
are now a total of 114 confirmed cases in India as of today, including 13 cured
and two reported deaths.”
The Ministry tweeted the same information on its official handle as well.
“4 new cases #COVID19
– 1 each from Odisha, Jammu&Kashmir, Ladakh and Kerala have been confirmed
since the last update. There are now a total of 114 confirmed cases in India as
of today, including 10 discharged, 3 cured and 2 reported deaths,” the Health
The tweet was also shared by J&K’s Directorate of Information
and Public Relations (DIPR) on its official Twitter handle.
With it, the official number of positive cases rises to
three and four in J&K and Ladakh respectively.
Meanwhile, the J&K Government in its official media
bulletin still claimed that only two cases had been tested positive in the UT
“176 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period
and, so far, only two cases have been tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir,”
read the bulletin.
Talking to media persons, Mission director, National Health
mission Bhupinder Kumar said that one person with “high viral load” was
detected in Jammu and samples have been sent to MCDC New Delhi for
“Suspected patient has very high viral fever and had no
travel history but was in a close contact of already tested positive for coronavirus
from Sarwal Jammu,” he said adding that the already tested positive patient has
a travel history of Iran.
He appealed the travellers from coronavirus-hit countries like
Italy, China, Iran and South Korea to report to the concerned authorities.
Besides that he advised people to avoid public gathering and
not to visit the congested places unnecessarily.
He shared helpline numbers +91-0191-2549676 (UT level Cell
for J&K), +91-0191-2520982 for Jammu Division, and +91-0194-2440283 for
Dr S M Qadri Nodal officer for coronavirus in Kashmir
division said that in Kashmir so far samples of 33 patients were sent for
testing , the results of 32 are negative while as result of one is yet to come.
He further added that 18 persons are in hospital quarantine in
Kashmir. Among 18 are in hospital quarantine, 16 are at SKIMS, one in ITBP
hospital Pantha Chowk while as one in chest disease hospital Srinagar.
As per the daily information bulletin, the J&K
government said that 176 persons completed their surveillance period of 28 days
and so far only two cases have been tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19),
2478 travelers and persons have been put under surveillance who are in contact
with suspected cases besides that 2095 persons are under home quarantine.
The number of persons under home surveillance is 178 while
as the reasons who are in hospital quarantine stands at 29. Furthermore 98 out
of 106 samples have been tested negative while as two cases have been tested
positive and reports of 06 cases are yet to come.