As many as 24 more persons were detected positive for Covid19 in Kashmir and one in Jammu on Thursday, taking the total in J&K to 184. Government has started tracking down people with any travel history as a measure to prevent further spread of the viral illness.
At SKIMS COVID19 lab, 12 samples taken from suspected casesin Bandipora tested positive. These patients, Dr Farooq Jan, medicalsuperintendent SKIMS said, had no reported history of contact with a COVID19positive person or travel outside Kashmir.
In addition, eight samples, out of 23 taken from suspectedcases by Government Medical College (GMC) Baramulla tested positive. Thepatients are all residents of Tangmarg, with no history of travel outside ofKashmir, Dr Jan said. One more sample that tested positive at SKIMS was of an18 year old male from Kupwara with travel history to Delhi, he said.
He said 127 samples were tested at SKIMS today, of which 21tested positive.
Three samples tested positive at Chest Disease HospitalCOVID19 lab. Two of these, Dr S Saleem Khan, in-charge COVID19 at GMC Srinagarsaid, were from GMC Anantnag, while one patient was from Srinagar. He said that94 samples were tested today at the lab while 98 were under process when thisreport was filed.
One sample tested positive in Jammu today.
In the past 24 hours, the toll of COVID19 positive cases inJ&K jumped from 158 to 184. One person who died in Jammu late last night,had also tested positive.
Principal secretary to J&K Government, Rohit Kansal,said that high number of positives was due to "aggressive testing".
Pandurang K Pole, divisional commissioner Kashmir, whilespeaking to the Greater Kashmir said that J&K government was being "extracautious" and would mandatorily put all people with travel history in quarantine."We have seen that many people who tested positive had no contact with a personwith any of the symptoms of the disease. This is a concern and it tells us thatwe need to take extra care," he said. He expressed anguish over people hidingtheir travel history. "Such people are putting lives of their families and thecommunity at risk," he said, adding that government had put its machinery attask to trace these people.
Meanwhile, media bulletin issued by Government said, 152COVID19 cases are from Kashmir and 32 from Jammu division. It further said tilldate 43798 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been putunder surveillance which include 8157 persons in quarantine includingfacilities operated by government, 478 in Hospital Quarantine, 174 in hospitalisolation and 25975 under home surveillance. Besides, 9010 persons havecompleted their 28-day surveillance period.
The bulletin stated that till date test report of 2649samples has been received out of which 2465 are negative, and 184 as positive.The bulletin urged the general public to stay indoors, strictly implementsocial distancing measures, disclose recent travel history to COVID-19 affectedcountries and report any contact with positive cases voluntarily.