Spike in cases in Kashmir, 30 positive in single day

Authorities block a Red Zone area in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Authorities block a Red Zone area in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel

No gathering on Shab-e-Barat

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, Apr 8: Kashmir witnessed highest single day spike in COVID-19 cases today with 30 testing positive in the Valley.
Among the fresh cases in Kashmir, 11 tested positive at SKIMS Soura laboratory and 19 at Government Medical College Srinagar laboratory.
Dr Mohammad Saleem Khan said that 19 tested positive at GMC laboratory today out of 94 tests conducted. He said that 72 sample testing is under process and 114 fresh samples were received by the laboratory today.
Among these 19, four are from Chattabal and Safakadal besides five Eidgah areas of Srinagar while others are from the South Kashmir’s districts including 8 from Shopian one is from Kulgam. Click here to watch video
Five positive cases from Eidgah area are from a single-family including 56-year-old man, his 54-year-old wife, their 24-year-old and 20-year-old daughters besides 28-year-old son. They have no travel history and are contacts of a 10-year-old boy who contracted disease last month by hugging a COVID-19 patient who had travel history of Nizamudin New Delhi.
Four other cases include 32-year-old and 46-year-old men from Safakadal, both have travel history of Nigeria, and two are residents of Chattabal-60 year-old man and his 56-year-old wife who do not have any travel history but are contacts of the previous COVID-19 patient. And the tenth is a man from Bemina area of Srinagar.
Others include eight persons from Shopian and have travel history to Maharashtra and New Delhi while one is from 26-year-old from Kulgam.
Those who tested positive at SKIMS are five from Srinagar, one from Baramulla, four from Bandipora and one from Kupwara.
Those who tested positive from Bandipora district are all contacts of previous COVID-19 positive. They are all from Saderkote Balla and are aged 16, 38, 30 and 36 years.
Five people who tested positive from Srinagar at SKIMS laboratory and are admitted in the hospital have travel history to Nigeria. They include a 35 year old man from Iqbal Abad Bemina, 46 year old from Safa Kadal area, 33 year old from Zadi Masjid, 41 year old man from Badamwari area of Hawal and 31 year old man from Hyderpora area.
Another is 70 years old woman from Katipora Tangmarg in Baramulla district and she is contact of the previous COVID-19 patient.
The other patient is said to 16-year-old boy from Manigah, Shartpora in district Kupwara who had returned from Nizamuddin New Delhi.
With these fresh cases, the number of COVID-19 patients in J&K has gone up 158. Among them, 150 are active cases-123 in Kashmir and 27 in Jammu.
Government has put 40336 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases under surveillance which include 8494 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by Government, 518 in Hospital Quarantine, 130 in hospital isolation and 23364 under home surveillance. Besides, 7830 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
Till date 2269 samples have been sent for testing of which 2116 have tested as negative. Two more COVID -19 patients have recovered and discharged from SKIMS Soura, Srinagar today.
A French national who had arrived in Kashmir on 15th of March and was sent for quarantine yesterday has tested negative. He was staying in a houseboat and the owner of the boat had not informed the administration about him. But yesterday, a case was registered against the houseboat owner and the man was kept in a hotel for quarantine and his sample was also taken. He had arrived in Srinagar by road from Jammu.
Police in Srinagar and Handwara arrested 30 persons and seized six vehicles for defying the restriction orders imposed by government in view of COVID-19.
In Handwara, Police Station Qalamabad have arrested 11 persons and seized one vehicle for violating prohibitory orders. Police Station Vilgam arrested five persons and registered a case for violating the prohibitory orders over Coronavirus. Police Station Kralgund have arrested 11 persons and seized five vehicles for violating prohibitory orders.
In Srinagar, Police arrested three persons in the jurisdiction of Police Post Rangreth for defying the restriction orders.
And police this evening registered a case against those who participated in the funeral of Jaish-e-Mohammad commander at Arampora, Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district for violating COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing.
A case has been registered against people who gathered at the funeral of Jaish e Mohammad (JeM) commander Sajad Nawab Dar, who was killed in an encounter at Arampora, Sopore.
Police said that the legal heirs of the slain militant had given in writing that they will adhere to social distancing when the body was handed over to them after completing medico- legal formalities.
A case (under FIR number 70/2020 US 188 IPC has been registered) and the investigation is set into motion. “Defaulters will be dealt strictly as per law,” police said.
And for the first time there was no gathering in Masjids and shrines across Kashmir on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat. Thousands of people normally take part in night long prayers on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat.