8 die in Kashmir, 372 test +ve; J&K tally 21550

Spike in COVID cases, deaths; DCs warn against lockdown violations
Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Aug 2: Kashmir reported eight fresh novel coronavirus deaths today taking the overall toll in Jammu and Kashmir to 396 while 372 fresh cases were reported from the Valley taking the J&K tally to 21550.
The fresh deaths include a 79 year old man from Gulbagh area of Srinagar who was admitted to SKIMS Soura on 27th of last month. He was suffering from underlying ailments and died today.
A 68 year old man from Babdemb Khanyar who was admitted to SKIMS Soura on 26th of last month died today.
A 52 year old man from Batamaloo area of Srinagar who was admitted to SKIMS Soura on 26th of last month died today.
A 38 year of man from Harnag in district Anantnag who was admitted to SKIMS Soura on 25th of last month died today.
A 60 years of woman from Umarhair Srinagar admitted to SKIMS last month on 18th died today.
With these deaths the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir is now 396 including 368 in Kashmir division.
An official said that 372 fresh cases were reported from Kashmir today taking the number of positive cases in J&K to 21550.
An official said that 515 samples from Srinagar Airport were processed at SKIMS Soura Virology Laboratory and three tested positive. They included one each from Srinagar, Kupwara and Kulgam districts of Kashmir.
He said that besides Airport samples, 522 more samples were processed at the hospital Virology laboratory and 149 tested positive. They included 32 from Budgam, 27 from Ganderbal, 25 from Anantnag, 19 from CRPF, 15 from Srinagar, 10 Police Hospital, seven from BB Cantt, 4 from Baramulla, three from BSF, three from Kupwara, one each from Shopian, Jammu, Ramban and Kargil.
An official at SKIMS Medical College Bemina said that 322 samples were processed at SKIMS Medical College Bemina Virology laboratory and 54 tested positive.
An official at Government Medical College Srinagar said that 694 samples were processed today at Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar and 166 tested positive.
Another official said that 133 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals of Kashmir.
The official said that out of 21550 positive cases, 8027 are active positive, 13127 have recovered and 396 have died, including 368 in Kashmir division.
The official said that out of 654251 test results available, 632701 samples have been tested as negative.
The official said that Bandipora has 779 positive cases with 243 active, 522 recovered and 14 deaths; Srinagar has 5153 positive cases with 2777 active, 2246 recovered, 130 deaths; Anantnag district has 1339 positive cases with 277 active, 1038 recovered, 24 deaths; Baramulla has 1931 positive cases with 506 active, 1354 recovered, 71 deaths; Shopian has 1468 positive cases with 207 active, 1238 recovered and 23 deaths; Kupwara has 1108 positive cases with 151 active, 936 recovered and 21 deaths; Budgam has 1297 positive cases with 552 active and 717 recovered cases and 28 deaths; Ganderbal has 434 positive cases with 156 active cases and 272 recoveries and six deaths; Kulgam has 1512 positive cases with 225 active and 1258 recoveries and 29 deaths and Pulwama reported 1600 positive cases with 754 active cases and 824 recovered and 22 deaths.
District Magistrate Baramulla, Dr Ghulam Nabi Itoo today imposed complete lockdown in the district. However, banks will remain open but there shall not be any kind of public dealings.
The employees will be allowed after proper checking of Identity Cards and all vehicles carrying material for developmental activities including macdamization shall be allowed.
District Magistrate Anantnag, Kuldeep Krishan Sidha, today said that as there was a three day restriction in the COVID-19 lockdown from July 28 to July 30 but for the last three days there have been violations of the SOPs.
He said that there will be complete lockdown till further orders and no movement of vehicles except those of employees on COVID duty and vehicles carrying essentials.
The District Magistrates of other districts in Valley also issued orders for strict lockdown in view of spike in Coronavirus cases and deaths. Srinagar is already under lockdown with an increase in deaths and Coronavirus cases.