2 more Pak-returnees, 6 cops mother-son among 34 test +ve

Jammu reports 12th Corona casualty

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, June 30: Jammu today reported 12th Corona casualty which was first in Kathua district when an 85-year-old woman suffering from multiple problems died in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu while 34 persons including two more Pakistan-returned people, six police constables, one CRPF jawan, three pregnant women and a mother-son duo tested positive for the virus in Jammu region. Twenty two persons were today treated and discharged from various COVID hospitals.
The 85-year-old woman hailing from Basohli in Kathua district who was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and respiratory distress died in the GMC Jammu this morning where she had been referred from Kathua on June 25. She had tested positive for Coronavirus and died at 7.30 am today.
GMC Medical Superintendent Dr Dara Singh told the Excelsior that the woman’s body was packed as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and sent to Basohli along with selected family members in the PPE kits.
District Magistrate Kathua OP Bhagat said the woman was cremated at Basohli late this afternoon as per the COVID protocol with limited number of family members allowed to attend last rites.
With today’s death, number of Corona casualties in Jammu region has gone up to 12. Jammu district has highest number of seven casualties while Doda, Udhampur, Rajouri, Poonch and Kathua districts have one casualty each.
Five more persons tested positive for the virus in Kathua district including a police constable from Police Training School (PTS) Kathua, a CRPF constable, a driver from Marheen, a local youth from Shiva Nagar, Kathua and one person from Basohli. Except Shiva Nagar youth, who had no travel history, all others were under administrative quarantine. Contact tracing of Shiva Nagar youth is on.
Nearly a dozen police constables have so far tested Corona positive in PTS Kathua.
Twelve more persons including mother-son duo, another employee of IIT Nagrota and two police constables today tested positive for COVID-19 in Jammu district.
They include a 31-year-old woman and her four-year-old male child who were under administrative quarantine at a Bus Stand hotel, 42-year-old IIT Nagrota employee hailing from Anand Nagar in Bohri Talab Tillo, two police constables aged 50 and 55, residents of Kulgam and Banihal who had returned to Jammu on duty after availing leave, a 54-year-old man from RS Pura whose son was already Corona positive and admitted in the hospital, 70-year-old man from Bishnah, 18-year-old youth from Digiana with travel history of New Delhi and 41-year-old male from Subash Nagar who too had returned from New Delhi.
Three other positives in Jammu were also travelers. All 12 were under administrative quarantine.
Five persons, four of them woman, tested positive for the virus in Ramban district today.
One of the positive woman was pregnant, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Ramban Dr Mohammad Fareed Bhat told the Excelsior.
He said all five positive cases had been admitted in the hospital for different surgeries like ovarian cyst, hernia etc for which they were sampled and tested positive for COVID-19. They hailed from Gund Tethar, Qoimoh, Kharpora, Tether and Nagam and were aged between 25 to 37 years.
Dr Bhat said all five have been shifted to COVID facilities.
Two more Pakistan-returned persons and two constables of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP) tested positive in Rajouri district today, SSP Rajouri Chandan Kohli said.
A man from Rajouri, whose wife had tested positive yesterday, also reported positive for the virus today. Both had returned from Pakistan via Wagah border in Amritsar district.
Another 45-year-old man from Palma, Rajouri, who had returned from Gujranwalla in Pakistan, also reported positive for the virus. Two other positives in Rajouri were JKAP constables hailing from Broh Kalakote. They had returned from Kashmir but misled the administration that they had come from Kishtwar and were under home quarantine. The Pakistan-returned persons were, however, under administrative quarantine.
Sources said legal action might be taken against the JKAP constables for wrong reporting of their travel history.
Seven persons tested Corona positive in Udhampur district including two pregnant women and five travelers.
The travelers were under administrative quarantine. All of them have been shifted to COVID hospitals.
A police constable of 12th battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police aged 50 and a resident of Purmandal in Samba district today tested positive for COVID-19, SSP Samba Shakti Pathak said.
Poonch, Doda, Reasi and Kishtwar districts today didn’t report any Corona positive cases.
Twenty two persons were today treated and discharged from various COVID hospitals in Jammu.
Of them, 10 hailed from Samba, four Kathua, three Poonch, two Jammu and one each to Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts.
Two patients were discharged from the Chest Diseases Hospital, Bakshi Nagar, Jammu, Medical Superintendent Dr Rajeshwar Sharma said.
Jammu region now has total 1611 Corona cases including 441 active cases. As many as 1158 patients have recovered while there have been 12 Corona casualties in the region.
Meanwhile, nine more persons tested COVID positive in the Union Territory of Ladakh today taking total number of patients to 973 including 271 in Leh and 702 in Kargil.
All nine positive cases reported today belonged to Leh district.
Ladakh now has 324 active Corona cases—107 in Leh and 217 in Kargil as 648 Corona patients have recovered including 163 in Leh and 485 in Kargil.
Of total positive cases in Ladakh, 14 have been admitted in COVID hospitals while 285 were in home isolation and 25 in COVID Care Centres.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Kargil Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary today announced relaxations COVID-19 lockdown in the district.
There will be no restrictions on movement of private vehicles but maximum occupancy shouldn’t be more than three persons including driver while industrial and construction activities within rural and urban areas have been permitted.
However, there will be complete ban on plying of commercial taxis except medical or other emergencies. There will be no inter-district movement of vehicles i.e. from Kargil to Leh and vice versa.
“All shops except barber, beauty salons and spas, have been permitted to open daily subject to certain conditions. Public transport will remain banned,’’ the DM’s order said.
However, schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions will remain closed but online/distance learning has been permitted and will be encouraged. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services except those meant for housing health, police, Government officials, healthcare workers and stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities will remain closed.
The order will take effect from tomorrow and will be valid till further orders.