11 more test positive for Coronavirus, tally rises to 67 in J&K

A woman gets emotional with her kin as she leaves for Kashmir from quarantine centre in Kathua on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Pardeep Sharma
A woman gets emotional with her kin as she leaves for Kashmir from quarantine centre in Kathua on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Pardeep Sharma

10 Rohingyas among 50 more traced, FIR lodged in Samba

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 1: Eleven more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir today including six in the Valley and five in Jammu region taking total number of Coronavirus patients in the Union Territory to 67.
Five persons including father, wife and servant of an already COVID-19 positive doctor of the Microbiology Department in the Government Medical College Jammu, were tested positive for Coronavirus today, the GMC doctors said.
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However, mother of the doctor was tested negative.
They have been shifted to Isolation Ward of the GMC Jammu.
Two more persons who were contacts of Coronavirus patients and hailed from Udhampur district were also tested positive today. They too have been hospitalized in the GMC Jammu.
Of 67 COVID-19 positive patients in the UT, 50 belonged to Kashmir and 17 to Jammu.
On Monday, a Microbiology doctor in the GMC Jammu was tested positive for COVID-19 after which his family members and contacts were tested for Coronavirus.
However, one of the three patients who were tested positive for Coronavirus in first week of March, was tested negative today. With this, all three patients who were tested positive in the first phase have been cured.
Meanwhile, about 50 more members of Tablighi Jamaat including 10 Rohingyas were today traced and sent for quarantine across Jammu region while administration in Kathua released 292 Kashmiri people under quarantine in the district and allowed them to proceed towards their hometowns in the Valley.
Police today registered FIR under Section 188 against a Moulvi and an outsider from Uttar Pradesh for hiding travel history in Ramgarh police station of Samba district, SSP Samba Shakti Pathak said.
He added that they have been detained and are being sent for quarantine after medical check-up.
Both had travel history but had hidden it, Pathak said.
Government spokesman and Principal Secretary Planning Development and Monitoring Department Rohit Kansal told media persons this evening that 2000 contacts of COVID-19 positive cases have been identified and isolated for medical check-up and quarantine.
“Hot spots need to be identified and isolated. This will cause inconvenience to the people but this is necessary, Every single traced case means prevention of many people from catching deadly virus,” Kansal said.
Civil and police authorities across Jammu region continued searches to trace Tablighi Jamaat cadre who had attended organization’s Nizamuddin (New Delhi) congregation.
Sources said till this evening nearly 50 cadre of Tablighi Jamaat have been traced in the region and sent to different quarantine centres after medical check-up.
Among them were 10 Rohingya nationals who were traced by Trikuta Nagar police and immediately sent to quarantine Centre of Nagrota. The Rohingyas had attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation, sources said.
Other districts have also traced number of Tablighi Jamaat activists. However, still numbers of them are at large and are being aggressively searched by the teams of police and civil administration across Jammu region, they added.
District administration in Kathua today released 292 Kashmiri people from quarantine centres and allowed them to proceed to their hometowns.
Deputy Commissioner Kathua OP Bhagat said remaining period of quarantine will be decided by administration of the districts to which they belonged. They will be quarantined either at homes or at district level quarantine centres.
Sources said today those people were released from quarantine centres who had their own transport facilities while tomorrow more people will be allowed to go and for them the SRTC buses are being arranged.
This, according to sources, will reduce congestion in quarantine centres in Kathua district.
More than 3000 people had been kept at different places for quarantine in Kathua and Samba districts after they entered Jammu and Kashmir from other States via Lakhanpur, the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir.
However, the Government had on Sunday ordered closure of Jammu and Kashmir’s border at Lakhanpur with Punjab to stop entry of more inhabitants of the Union Territory.
Meanwhile, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo today directed Principals of all Government Medical Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir, Director SKIMS Soura Srinagar, Director Health Services Jammu/Kashmir and all Heads of Department of Health and Medical Education to ensure safety of healthcare professionals saying they are very important resource of Jammu and Kashmir Government and are working very hard to deal with COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Personal Protective Gears for the health care professionals will be arranged by the Heads of the Institutions and provided to them to protect them from cross infection. Similarly, arrangements for the stay of doctors and staff members treating COVID-19 positive cases will be made in consultations with the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu/ Kashmir. The Heads of the Departments will put up their requisitions to the Divisional Commissioners and make such arrangements immediately,” Dulloo said.