16 new positive cases in J&K, total 125

The toll of COVID19 positive cases in J&K has jumped to 125 with 16 new cases detected on Tuesday. Three of the cases had reported no travel history or contact with a COVID19 positive person.

Ten new cases of COVID19 were reported from Kashmir today, while six samples tested positive in Jammu division.

Dr Farooq Jan, medical superintendent SKIMS, said five samples had tested positive at SKIMS. While giving details, he said two of the patients are from Bandipora. A 23 year old male from this highly affected district had no travel history or contact with a COVID19 positive person, while a man in 58, who also tested positive had recently travelled from Maharashtra.

In addition, two samples taken from patients admitted at Government Medical College Baramulla have also been found positive. Dr Jan said one of the patients is a 35 year old male from Tangmarg with history of contact with an infected person. The other is a female aged 50 from Sopore. In addition, a 70 year old female with no reported contact or travel history from Ganderbal district has also been found positive. The patient is admitted in Ganderbal, he said.

At Chest Diseases Hospital, five samples tested positive today. These include three samples taken from a family of a COVID19 positive person from Srinagar district. The samples that tested positive were of two siblings and their cousin, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah, in-charge COVID19 response at CD Hospital said. The father of siblings had tested positive for COVID19 a few days ago.

In addition, samples of a female in 20s from Srinagar and a man from Bandipora who passed away at SMHS Hospital last evening have tested positive for COVID19 today.

The young Srinagar woman, Dr S Saleem Khan, in-charge COVID19 response at Government Medical College(GMC) Srinagar said, had no history of travel or contact with a COVID19 positive person. “However, her father had travelled from outside Kashmir a month ago,” he said.

Similarly, the Bandipora man who died at SMHS Hospital last night and the young man from this district who is admitted at GMC Baramulla also had not reported any contact or travel history. The patients are among the few cases that have tested positive in Kashmir but have no attributable source of the viral infection.

Prof Parvaiz Koul, head department of internal and pulmonary medicine at SKIMS, said although there could be something that was not being reported but termed the cases “worrisome”. He said the cases were suggestive of “limited community transmission”. “If such cases increase, we may have moved from local transmission to community transmission,” he said.

However, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah said it was a “bit early” to comment on the chances of community transmission. “People often do not report their entire travel and contact history,” he said.

In Jammu, six new cases of COVID19 were reported. Five of the patients were shifted from Sunjwan to CD Hospital Jammu for treatment. These five patients are not residents of J&K. While three of them have reported their residence as Uttar Pradesh, two are from Maharashtra. One case who tested positive for COVID19 is admitted at Udhampur.

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