With sudden surge in COVID19 cases in J&K, the toll of positive patients rose to 106 today, a 100 percent increase in just five days.
12 new samples of COVID19 tested positive today, all in Kashmir division, while two samples had tested positive late Saturday night. Government Press Bulletin issued today said the toll of COVID19 positive patients has reached 106.
While the number of positive cases stood at 55 on 31 March, in the past five days only the numbers have doubled. Past 10 days have shown sudden surge in COVID19 cases in J&K, figures rising from 18 on 26 March to 106 today.
Prof Parvaiz Koul, influenza expert and head of internal and pulmonary medicine at SKIMS, said the rate of increase in J&K is almost same as rest of India. However, he said, in coming days the numbers are expected to rise faster.
While 8 samples tested positive at SKIMS lab, four more were tested at CD Hospital.
Medical superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan, said six of the samples found positive for COVID19 today are of minors. These include four girls, aged 8, 11, 12 and 14 years old, admitted at GMC Baramulla. Three of these girls are siblings. Dr Jan said these minors have probably contracted the virus from their fathers who have already tested positive for COVID19. One 18 year old male, with history of contact with a COVID19 positive patient from Baramulla also tested positive for COVID19 today. A 14 year old boy from Budgam district, with history of contact with a COVID19 positive patient, was also declared COVID19 positive today. He was admitted at SKIMS.
In addition, one more patient, aged 24 was also admitted at SKIMS and found to be COVID19 positive. This person, Dr Jan said, had travelled to Madhya Pradesh recently.
The Institute also tested positive a patient from Ganderbal with history of travel to Jammu. This is the first COVID19 case from the district.
Continuing the trail of positives from the 16 March flight to Kashmir, carrying passengers from Saudi Arabia, two more patients tested positive for the virus on Sunday. Two patients, who had travelled by the same flight, had tested positive Saturday night. Medical superintendent District Hospital Pulwama, Dr Jameel Ahmed, said all four patients are from district Shopian, currently admitted at District Hospital Pulwama. Their samples were tested at CD Hospital.
Dr S Saleem Khan, nodal officer COVID19 at GMC Srinagar, said two samples of patients, residents of Srinagar and admitted at JLNM Hospital, had also been found positive. These patients, he said, are contacts of already diagnosed patients.
With the increasing load of contacts under quarantine, the testing pace has also been increased at CD Hospital. A total 96 samples were tested today at CD Hospital, while over 80 samples were in waiting.
With COVID19 cases surging with each passing day, the authorities on Sunday tightened the restrictions on the movement and assembly of people across Kashmir.
The restrictions continued for the 18th consecutive day.
The officials said the curbs across the Valley have been tightened to minimise the movement of the people in order to contain the spread of the virus.