615 new cases; J&K tally 17920

As many as 615 cases of COVID19 were reported from J&K on Sunday, the total number of cases reaching 17920. Srinagar district’s cumulative total crossed 4000 with 209 fresh cases.

Of the new cases, 479 were from Kashmir division, while 136 were from Jammu division. Srinagar district’s total number of cases reached 4002. Among the cases reported from Srinagar, only 386 people were returnees from outside.

Currently, 2331 patients are active positive – yet to recover from COVID19 infection, even though 65 people from the infected were discharged today from hospitals.

A health official said over 50 cases from Srinagar reported today were among the samples taken from security camps. He added that 40 people who self reported with symptoms of COVID19 to hospitals also tested positive.

The official said that 209 cases announced today include cases that were reported positive the day before yesterday and yesterday. “Government, for coherence of data, takes reports till 5 pm. The reports ready after that are announced the next day,” he said. On 24 July, only 40 cases were reported from the district.

In Srinagar, five people who tested positive were returning from outside. Seven healthcare workers also tested positive from the district, an official said.

In Budgam, 88 cases were reported as positive. Among these 74 were travelers, J&K Government said. A health official said these travelers were the labor force arriving into the district from various states, mostly Uttar Pradesh.

The district has been witnessing a rise in the number of positive cases in the past one week. A healthcare administrator from the district said that over 120 of the positives, reported earlier last week and many from today were among the laborers arriving in the district to work in brick kilns and other establishments. A health official said over 15000 laborers expected to arrive in the district this week will be tested via rapid antigen testing kit – a new fast testing method which, however, is not fully reliable.

Currently, 495 patients in Budgam are active positive, recovering from infection. The district has reported 1128 cases till date.

Bandipora had 41 new cases today, the new cases being mostly the contacts of known cases. The district, which was the most affected district by COVID19 in March and April, now has only 213 cases active. 632 cases in total have been reported from Bandipora till date.

The positive case tally from other districts on Sunday was: Baramulla 14, Kulgam 2, Shopian 27, Anantnag 25, Kupwara 17, Pulwama  25, Ganderbal 31.

In Jammu, 60 travelers were among the 136 cases reported.