3 new positive cases in Kashmir: J&K total reaches 109

Kashmir saw a dip in positive cases today as only three samples were found positive for COVID19, the total in J&K reaching 109. A total of 1692 samples have been tested in J&K, of which 1583 have been found negative.

Two patients admitted at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences tested positive for COVID19 today. Both patients are residents of Srinagar. Dr Farooq Jan, medical superintendent SKIMS said one of the patients, a 37 year old woman, had travelled to Delhi recently. The second patient, a 25 year old man, also had traveled to Delhi.

Sample of a patient, admitted at GMC Baramulla, he said, had also tested positive. Dr Jan said the patient is a 35 year old woman whose husband has recently tested positive for COVID19.

None of the samples tested at Chest Diseases Hospital tested positive for COVID19 today. Dr S Saleem Khan said 36 samples were tested today and all were negative for COVID19. He said reports of 48 samples were awaited while 90 more samples awaited testing.

The toll of COVID19 positive cases has reached 109 in J&K. As per the Government bulletin on COVID19, 103 patients were currently admitted in hospitals of J&K for management of the viral infection – 103 are active positive, 4 have recovered and 2 have died. The bulletin said 85 cases are from Kashmir and 18 from Jammu division.

Of these, 18 were admitted in GMC Jammu. In Kashmir division, 85 patients were admitted for COVID19. The bulk of patients were admitted in Srinagar hospitals – SKIMS (26), CD Hospital (21), JLNM (9) and JVC(1).

GMC Baramulla had 19 positive cases, while district hospital Pulwama had 9 positive cases of COVID19.

Government said 1708 samples have been sent for testing of which 1583 have tested as negative, and 16 reports are awaited. It added 35243 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases had been put under surveillance which include 10556 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 615 in hospital quarantine, 103 in hospital isolation and 17506 under home surveillance. Besides, 6463 persons have completed their 28 day surveillance period.

Restrictions continue:

The restrictions on movement and assembly of people continued for 19th consecutive day on Monday across Kashmir.

Shops and business establishments remained closed while streets were deserted.

While the Prime Minister announced country-wide lockdown on March 24 evening, the J&K administration announced a lockdown almost a week ago as part of its efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.