56 new cases as J&K sees highest single-day spike; total 935

56 new cases as J&K sees highest single-day spike; total 935
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J&K had the highest single day rise of COVID19 cases today as the number of confirmed positives stood at 56, taking the total reported viral illness cases to 935 here.

Travelers being brought into J&K constituted themajority of cases reported on Tuesday. Of the 55 samples that tested positivein the past 24 hours, 43 were people whose samples had been taken at variouslocations upon their arrival into J&K from other states.

Of the total cases, 42 were reported from Kashmir division,and 14 from Jammu division.

Today's is the highest single day rise of cases of COVID19in J&K. Earlier on 25 April, J&K had witnessed 42 cases of COVID19, thehighest till now.

Of Tuesday's cases, 27 people belonged to district Kulgam,10 from district Kupwara, four Anantnag, one Shopian in Kashmir division andseven from Kathua, four from Samba and two from Reasi in Jammu division.

Kulgam district had the highest rise of cases for anydistrict on any day in J&K.

An official in health and medical education department saidthat Tuesday's positive cases were from the same group of travelers from which11 people tested positive on Monday. On May 10, the district had 10 new cases,from the same group of travelers.

The official said that the cluster of positive cases amongthe arriving travelers was an indication of the lack of social distancing andother infection preventive measures in transit. "There could have been onepositive case and that positive case has led to over 50 cases from this groupof travelers," he said.

Ten positive cases from Kupwara district were contacts ofprevious positive cases from Gonipora Handwara in Kupwara district.

One case was reported from Bijbehara Anantnag and the restfrom Kokernag. Dr S Salim Khan, nodal officer COVID19 at GMC Srinagar saidthese new cases had no history of contact or travel. He said that casesreported out of Kathua and Reasi were travelers.

Shopian's case belonged to Pandashan village.

Kashmir division's cumulative total reached 844 on Tuesdaywhile Jammu's total reached 91.

Information bulletin issued by J&K government said that28 new recoveries were registered on Tuesday. The bulletin further said that53726 samples had been tested till date.

Of today's tests, SKIMS processed 413 samples and reported47 positive cases, while CD Hospital tested 826 samples.

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