12 test positive in Kashmir for Corona, tally surges to 258

A vendor selling flower saplings in a bylane on Moulana Azad Road in Srinagar amid strict lockdown on Thursday. (UNI)
A vendor selling flower saplings in a bylane on Moulana Azad Road in Srinagar amid strict lockdown on Thursday. (UNI)

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Apr 16: The twin sisters and father of a 6-year-old COVID-19 positive girl were among 12 persons who tested positive for Coronavirus in Kashmir today taking the number of cases in Kashmir to 258 with Jammu and Kashmir tally surging to 314.
Among today’s 14 fresh cases of COVID-19 positive, 10 were from Bandipora, two from Srinagar and one each from Ganderbal and Budgam districts.
Ten among those who tested positive in the Bandipora district include six members of a family from Naidkhai area. They are family members of an already Corona positive man. They include man’s 70 year old mother, his 28 year old wife, 43 year old sister, 55 year old brother-in-law, 10 year old niece and 20 year old nephew.
The four others from the North Kashmir district include 24-year-old woman, one of the contacts of a deceased COVID-19 patient from Gund Jahangir, 55-year-old woman and her 20 year old daughter from Gund Kaiser who had come in contact with their family member with travel history to New Delhi and a 21-year-old youth from Gurez who at present puts up at Tanghat area and is said to be a contact of a COVID-19 patient from Paithkoot Bandipora.
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Today’s positive cases from Srinagar include twin sisters and their 40 year old father who is Assistant Professor. The Professor’s another 6-year-old daughter had tested positive on April 15. Originally residents of Vilgam Handwara, the family is presently residing in Safa Kadal area of Srinagar.
A 20-year-old girl with travel history to New Delhi from Ganderbal also tested positive today. Her contacts are being traced.
The 23-year-old police man from Beerwah area of Budgam who had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient at Bemina where 19 suspected were kept under quarantine and a few of them later turned tested positive for COVID-19 today. He had joined duties at Police Station Batamaloo on April 4 and remained there in the police station till April 11 when he travelled to home and stayed there till April 16.
Principal SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Dr Reyaz Untoo told Excelsior that 86 positive patients are admitted to the hospital which has recently been declared as COVID-19 hospital. The 170 bedded hospital has 4 ventilators.
Dr Untoo said that some of the patients admitted are asymptomatic and some have minor symptoms. However, there are few patients who are admitted to High Density Unit where they are provided oxygen support but no one is on ventilator.
He said that they last week commissioned oxygen unit which can produce 750 liters of Oxygen per minute. He added that all of them have comorbidity.
Dr Mohammad Saleem Khan told Excelsior that today 279 tests were conducted at GMC Srinagar laboratory and 3 tested positive for Corona. He said that 92 samples are under process and 80 fresh samples were received today.
Meanwhile, Director Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Dr G N Ahanger expressed satisfaction over the good work done in fight against COVID 19. “Thirteen positive cases were treated at the Institute who responded and after full recovery were discharged so far. The credit goes to front lines warriors and their dedication,” he said, adding, “SKIMS will continue to contribute till fight against COVID is won.”
And out of 314 cases, 272 are active positive, 38 have recovered and four died in Jammu and Kashmir.
58076 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 7463 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 265 in Hospital Quarantine, 272 in hospital isolation and 29366 under home surveillance. Besides, 20706 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Two more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged today from SKIMS, Soura.
Srinagar district has 78 positive cases wherein 65 are active, 12 recovered and one has died, Bandipora has 66 positive cases with 54 active, 11 recovered and one died; Baramulla 42 positive cases with 41 active, and one death; Kupwara has 25 positive cases and all are active cases; Shopian has 14 positive cases out of which 12 are active positive and two recovered; Ganderbal has 14 positive cases which are all active, Budgam 12 positive cases of which nine are active with three recovered cases; Kulgam has 5 cases which are all active; Pulwama has 3 positive cases with 2 active, one recovered and Anantnag district has one positive cases which is active.
And the lockdown across Kashmir continued for the 29th day today with authorities acting tough against the violators of government orders issued to prevent spread of coronavirus.
Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed on roads and they had erected concertina wire to block the roads to prevent movement of people and vehicles.
Police in Handwara arrested 28 persons and booked 4 shopkeepers for violating the lockdown orders.

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