5 more soldiers, wives of SI, BSF jawan among 37 test +ve in Jammu

3 negative for Corona turn positive in re-sampling

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 27: Thirty seven more persons including five Army soldiers and a pregnant woman, who happened to be the wife of a police Sub Inspector and sister of Block Medical Officer (BMO) of Poonch and wife of a BSF soldier today tested positive for Coronavirus in Jammu region taking number of total cases in the region to 394 and active to 296.
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Three persons from Kathua district including two from Bani and another from Hiranagar, who had tested negative for COVID at the quarantine centres, have tested positive in re-sampling after return to their houses, leading to containment of three villages.
Seven persons tonight tested positive for COVID-19 in Jammu district including 38-year-old man from Sarwal, 25-year old girl from Barnai (Muthi-Domana), nine-year-old female child from Jeevan Nagar, 31-year-old youth from Sunjwan, 32-year old woman from RS Pura, 37-year old man from Ramkote and 34-year old youth from Akhnoor. Earlier, a BSF jawan’s wife had tested positive in RS Pura.
All of them were returnees from different places and under quarantine.
An Advisor of the Lieutenant Governor, who returned from New Delhi, today tested negative for the virus. Another Advisor’s wife and son had earlier tested positive.
District Magistrate Jammu Sushma Chauhan told the Excelsior that Jammu district has 113 Corona positive cases till this evening but, of them, 35 have been treated and sent home. The district has 76 active positive cases. Of 76, 49 had remained under administrative quarantine, 11 in COVID OPDs with travel history while 16 others were contacts of positive cases. There have been two Corona casualties in Jammu district.
Chauhan said paid quarantine for all air passengers has been fixed at Katra and this was a decision taken at highest level
“Room rent is as per the Government notification depending upon class of the hotel. The hotels can’t charge room rent at notified paid quarantine centres (hotels) beyond four days,” she said.
District Magistrate Udhampur Dr Piyush Singla said 10 persons from district Udhampur were today tested positive for Coronavirus and all of them were under administrative quarantine as they had travel history.
“No ‘Shramik Special’ train has reached Udhampur Railway Station during last two days,” Dr Singla said.
Sources said out of 10 positive cases of Udhampur district reported today, five were Army soldiers, who hailed from different places of the district on leave and were kept under administrative quarantine. They have been shifted to Command Hospital Udhampur. All of them were asymptomatic.
With five more soldiers testing Corona positive today, total number of security personnel who have become Corona patients during last four days has gone up to 14.
Five other positives of Udhampur district were workers from different areas, who had returned from various parts of the country in ‘Shramik Special’ trains, and were under administrative quarantine, Dr Singla said.
Today’s highest number of 11 Coronavirus positive cases were reported from Poonch district and one of them is a pregnant woman, who happened to be the wife of a police Sub Inspector and sister of a BMO. She hailed from Balakote while her SI husband was posted at naka duty at Bhimber Gali.
Family members of the woman have been quarantined and will be sampled while woman has been shifted to hospital. Her sample was taken as a routine case ahead of delivery as she was asymptomatic.
Ten other Corona positive patients in Poonch district hailed from Chawana Sanai, Dehra Mohra and Phaghala villages, SSP Poonch Ramesh Angral said, adding that nine of them had returned from Mumbai and another from Bhopal. All of them were under different quarantine centres.
Three persons of Kathua district including two hailing from Bani and another from Hiranagar, who had reached their homes after 14-day quarantine have tested Corona positive in re-sampling, District Magistrate Kathua OP Bhagat said.
Bhagat said they hailed from Fatehpur Mulkana and Barmota villages of Bani and Lokri, Hiranagar and had tested negative during initial sampling at quarantine centres on their return from New Delhi and Gujarat. However, after 14-day quarantine, they were sent home and have tested positive in the re-sampling.
The villages are being declared as Containment Zones, Bhagat said.
A youth from village Marchola in Sunderbani tehsil of Rajouri district, who was working in New Delhi, today tested positive for the virus, SSP Rajouri Chandan Kohli said, adding that the boy was under administrative quarantine and has been admitted in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu.
Three persons from Reasi, all Male aged 15, 17 and 26, hailing from Mahore, Chassana and Dandakote villages in Reasi district, today also tested positive for COVID-19. One of them was a student in Jammu, another a labourer in Ramban and third one was working in Uttarakhand. On their return, they had been kept under administrative quarantine and now have been sent to the COVID hospital.
A returnee in Ramban district has also tested positive for Coronavirus.
Out of today’s positives, eight from Jammu region were tested at Command Hospital Udhampur, Lt Col Inam Danish Khan said.
He added that the Command Hospital has so far conducted cumulative total tests of 26454. Of them, 165 have reported positive for the virus, Lt Col Khan, Classified Specialist (Microbiology) in the Command Hospital said.
Meanwhile, seven flights today landed at Jammu Airport, four from New Delhi and three from Srinagar carrying total of 217 passengers. Of them, six flights departed, three each for Srinagar and New Delhi with 374 passengers on board. One of the flights which came from New Delhi had night halt at Jammu, Director Airport Parvat Ranjan Beuria said.
At Leh Airport, two flights landed from New Delhi carrying 127 passengers and departed with 52, Director Airport Sonam Norboo said.
Five persons hailing from New Plot and Kot Bhalwal in Jammu and one each in Hiranagar, Ramban and Basantar (Udhampur) were treated from Coronavirus and discharged from the Chest Diseases Hospital today, Medical Superintendent Dr Rajeshwar Sharma said.
Jammu region now has 394 Corona cases, of which, 296 were active. There have been 95 recoveries and three deaths.
Meanwhile, as part of evacuation of passengers stranded in Jammu and Kashmir, three Shramik special trains carrying about 4878 Madhya Pardesh and Chattisgarh bound migrant workers have left from Katra today.
With this, the total number of outbound migrant workers who have been sent back to their home states and UTs through Shramik special trains from Katra since 19th of May 2020, has reached 26564 till date. So far, the Government has arranged 16 special Shramik trains to facilitate the migrant workers reach their home towns safely.
Nearly, 95,420 JK residents have been evacuated by the Jammu and Kashmir Government via Lakhanpur and through a network of special trains and buses till date amid strict observance of all necessary guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures aimed at safe and comfortable passage of stranded residents in the wake of COVID lockdown, an official statement said.
The concerned district administrations are pro-actively working to ensure that all returnees go through the medical screening for the Virus followed by 14-day quarantine to contain the spread of this deadly disease.
As per the official data, the administrations of Jammu and Kashmir districts have received 34 COVID special trains at Jammu and Udhampur railway stations from different States and UTs, so far, with about 27,512 stranded passengers while about 67,908 persons have been evacuated by the Government through Lakhanpur till date.
Meanwhile, about 652 passengers including students have already reached at Srinagar International Airport under Vande Bharat Mission through 4 COVID special flights.
Therefore, a total of about 95,420 J&K residents stranded outside UT have been brought back to the UT by the Jammu and Kashmir Government by 34 COVID special trains, flights besides scores of buses through Lakhanpur after strictly observing all necessary preventive measures regarding the Virus.

Another tests +ve in Ladakh
Another person today tested positive for COVID-19 in the Union Territory of Ladakh taking total number of Coronavirus cases to 54 and active to 11.
Health Secretary Ladakh Rigzin Samphel, in a tweet, said a native of Nubra in Leh district, has tested positive on his arrival from New Delhi.
He was under institutional quarantine at Hundar, Nubra and has been admitted to the COVID hospital.
With this, total number of Corona cases in the Union Territory of Ladakh has gone up to 54 and active cases to 11 as 43 COVID patients have been treated and discharged.
Of 11 active cases, Leh district has 11 and Kargil 43.