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In 24 hrs, 40 new cases in Kashmir as Govt speeds up testing

Sample being taken from a patient at a Kiosk facility in Pulwama on Friday (DIPR photo)

After brief lull, Srinagar records 5 new cases

Srinagar: Kashmir recorded its biggest Covid-19 spike as 40 fresh cases were reported in less than 24 hours.

“Finally J&K breaks the 1000 test barrier- 1071 samples tested in the last 24 hours. But that also means more positives- so 40 new cases today- all from Kashmir. Total positive cases now 494. Jammu-57 Kashmir-437. An unfortunate death too; total deaths now 6,” tweeted Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

 

A senior government officer said that 14 cases were confirmed at Viral Diagnostic Lab at SKIMS and at least 26 others at Chest Disease Hospital Dalgate.

Among the fresh cases include 21 from Anantnag, 5 from Srinagar, 7 from Bandipora, 3 each from Baramulla and Shopian while one is from Kupwara. 

With these fresh cases, the total number of cases has risen to 494 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Six of them have died including a 72-year old man from Tangmarg who passed away at SKIMS Bemina today.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemia Dr Shifa Deva told The Kashmir Monitor that a male patient, 70, hailing from Tangmarg, passed away at the hospital.

“He had tested positive for COVID-19, and suffered from pneumonia,” Dr Deva said.

She added that the patient had a history of hypertension and cardiac issues too.

Meanwhile, District Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Choudhary hinted that there would not be any relaxation in the lockdown in Srinagar even though MHA has come up with an order allowing opening of standalone shops.

“New MHA order allows local authorities to take call per situation. See the Covid map of Srinagar and think. We’ve 5 new cases after break of more than a week. Trust us for all your needs. Local solutions being worked out. Situation calls for more caution,” the DC tweeted.