16 more Coronavirus cases in Kashmir take total to 73

A deserted view of Jahangir flyover amid lockdown on Saturday.(UNI)
A deserted view of Jahangir flyover amid lockdown on Saturday.(UNI)

Single day highest 19 persons test COVID +ve, tally 94

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Apr 4: In the biggest single day jump in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, 16 people today tested positive in Kashmir for Coronavirus taking number of positive cases in the Valley to 73.

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There have been two deaths due to the disease so far in the Kashmir valley and one patient, a 67-year-old from Khanyar Srinagar was discharged from hospital.
Among the today’s positive cases, six are from Kupwara, four from Bandipora and three from Baramulla in North Kashmir while two are from South Kashmir district of Shopian and one from Pulwama district.
Eight of them are admitted to Government Medical College Baramulla, five in SKIMS Soura and three to Chest Disease Hospital.
Those tested positive today included a 66-year old man from Heeri area of Kupwara, his 56-year old wife and 27 year old son and 52-year old woman from Magam Handwara and 55-year-old woman from Chogul Handwara. All of them had returned from Bangladesh and stayed at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi before returning to Valley recently.
The sixth is a 62-year-old man from Tangdhar area of Kupwara who had returned from Bhopal and also stayed at Nizamuddin for around a week before returning home on March 16.
All of them had stayed in Nizamuddin Delhi and were already under quarantine but as per protocol, contact tracing is being carried out on a war footing.
The man from Tangdhar was placed under quarantine as soon as he reached home and on next day he was placed under administrative quarantine. He said all his primary contacts, 11 of them, have also been quarantined.
The four cases from Bandipora include 48-year-old man and a 42-year-old man who had travelled to Jammu and participated in a religious function. Two others are 30-year-old man and 15-year-old boy who are contacts of previous COVID-19 positive.
The three from Tangmarg area of Baramulla are all relatives of the COVID-19 teacher whose father died last month. The trio includes teacher’s wife, their 8-year-old daughter and a 25-year-old relative.
In Shopian a couple who had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16 tested positive.
And a man, resident of Sangarwani area of Pulwama admitted in CD hospital had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient, a Tablighi Jamaat member.
Dr Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS said that 42 sample reports were received today and among them 13 tested positive. Eight of these sample pertained to GMC Baramulla. The remaining 29 reports came out to be negative. He said 31 fresh samples were received and 10 more persons with COVID-19 like symptoms were admitted to hospital.
Director SKIMS Dr A G Ahangar said that 253 suspected COVID-19 cases were admitted in the hospital so far and 219 patients have been discharged, while 22 positive cases continue to be under treatment. He said that one of the patients who recovered was sent to home quarantine and 10 more suspected Corona patients were admitted to the hospital and their tests are awaited. He said that 392 tests were done in the Microbiology Laboratory of the SKIMS so far and 37 were positive and 355 negative.
Dr Mohammad Saleem said that SMHS laboratory tested 28 samples today and 3 of them were positive and 25 negative. He said that all the three samples were received from Pulwama district hospital. Two of them are form Shopian and one from Pulwama. He said that 82 test reports are awaited and these include 30 from JNLM hospital.
In the meantime, lockdown across Kashmir continued for the 17th 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.