Senior doc among 59 test +ve

A Corona patient being discharged after recovery in JLNM hospital Rainawari, Srinagar on Saturday. -Excelsior/ Shakeel
A Corona patient being discharged after recovery in JLNM hospital Rainawari, Srinagar on Saturday. -Excelsior/ Shakeel

Woman dies at SKIMS, Corona death toll 21
*Strict lockdown in Kashmir ahead of Eid
Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, May 23: A senior doctor and a pregnant woman were among 59 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir, taking the overall tally in Jammu and Kashmir to 1,569 with 1330 in Valley while a 55-year old woman died at SKIMS Srinagar this morning taking the Corona death toll to 21.
A 55-year-old woman from Urnhal area of South Kashmir, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died at SKIMS Soura today, taking the overall death toll due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir to 21.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, Dr Farooq Jan said that the woman was admitted to the hospital’s isolation facility and had underlying ailments including chest infection. She had tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus earlier and died today.
As per the official figures among the fresh cases, 36 were reported from Kupwara, six from Anantnag, 5 from Kulgam, four each from Baramulla and Pulwama, three from Srinagar and one Bandipora.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan, told Excelsior that out of 3500 samples processed today 39 tested positive at viral diagnostic lab of the hospital. He said 5422 samples are pending. He added that among the fresh cases, 35 are from Kupwara, two from Srinagar while one each from Pulwama and Baramulla.
The Kupwara cases include two women, one 18-year-old from Kupwara and another 20-year-old from Daripora, with travel history to UP and Uttarakhand respectively. 33 men aged 50, 23, 21, 39, 27, 38, 50, 66, 64,55, 26, 35, 23, 31, 18, 35, 33, 20, 45, 30, 60, 55, 55, 50, 58, 45, 50, 33, 27, 21, 21, 24 and 18 years have travel history to Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab.
The two Srinagar cases include 24-year-old man from Rambagh and 30-year-old woman from Qamarwari and they both have travel history.
The 30-year-old man from Khrew area of Pampore in Pulwama and 40-year-old man from Rafiabad Baramulla have no travel history.
The Nodal Officer for COVID-19 at the Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr Salim Khan, told Excelsior that out of 620 samples processed at Microbiology Lab of CD Hospital, 14 tested positive. He said that 200 more are under process and 450 were received today.
Among them six are from Anantnag including 63-year-old woman from Zalangam Anantnag, three women aged 40, 42 and 62 and two men aged 24 and 53 years from Imola Anantnag. All of them have no travel history.
Four are from Kulgam including 20-year-old woman from Kariwa and three people including 65-year-old man and two women, one of them aged 40-years-old from Khaloora. Three people from Pulwama include 13-year-old boy, 34-year-old woman and 36-year-old man from Reshipora Pulwama.
A 50-year-old doctor -Deputy Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, a resident of Habbak Srinagar also tested positive.
And six from Kashmir tested positive at a private labs today.
With these fresh cases, Anantnag has now 272 COVID-19 positives, followed by Kulgam 198, Srinagar 179, Kupwara 164, Bandipora 139, Baramulla 136, Shopian 127, Budgam 63, Ganderbal 27 and Pulwama 25.
Authorities said till date 130197 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 32056 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 74 in Hospital Quarantine, 774 in hospital isolation and 26686 home surveillance. Besides, 70586 persons have completed their surveillance period.
There are 774 active cases in J&K including 609 in Kashmir while 774 cases with 702 in Valley have recovered and 21 people have died including a 55-year-old woman from Kulgam who succumbed at SKIMS today.
And authorities today tightened the curbs on the movement of people to prevent any gatherings in the markets and other places ahead of Eid.
Police and para-military security forces today blocked the roads to prevent movement of the people and even those with COVID-19 passes were not allowed.