Transport may resume on certain routes, DCs submit plan; SEC to take final call

Woman dies, toll 5; 15 more treated
* 5 docs from GMC Jammu, other hospitals, Nurse, Technician among 52 test Corona +ve
Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, June 6: The Government has undertaken an exercise to make certain transport routes functional in some districts in Jammu and Kashmir from `Unlock 1.0′ which is likely to start on June 9 in lines with the restrictions eased by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to this effect is likely to be issued either tomorrow or day after even as Jammu today reported fifth Coronavirus casualty and 52 new cases including 16 in Jammu City and outskirts which included five doctors and two para-medical staff members, five of them posted in GMC Jammu and one each at Khour and Bishnah hospitals, seven Army soldiers and a police constable of IRP while 15 patients recovered and were discharged from various COVID Hospitals, nine of them from the Chest Diseases Hospital, Bakshi Nagar.
Official sources told the Excelsior that the State Executive Committee (SEC) headed by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam had asked all the District Magistrates who happened to be the Chairpersons of Disaster Management Authority of their respective districts to conduct an exercise on making public transport operational. All the District Magistrates today completed the exercise and submitted their reports to the SEC.
“The proposals now will be put before the SEC for final decision which is expected either on Sunday or Monday as lockdown 4.0 in J&K has already been extended till June 8 and `Unlock 1.0′ is likely to come into force from June 9,” sources said, adding: “Definitely transport will be made operational on certain routes in certain districts”.
Tariff will also go up, the sources pointed out.
They said in the initial phase limited number of transport might be made operational in limited areas and depending on the success, numbers of public transport could be increased.
The SOP for `Unlock 1.0′ is likely to be issued anytime in the next two days, they added.
Meanwhile, 16 fresh Corona positive cases were reported in Jammu City and outskirts late tonight.
They include three doctors, a Technician and Nurse posted in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu. The positive GMC doctors are 43-year-old female from Channi Himmat, 40-year-old male from Nagrota and 25-year-old female from Sainik Colony.
A 28-year old female doctor of Lower Roop Nagar posted at Khour hospital in Akhnoor tehsil also tested positive for the virus today. A doctor posted in Bishnah hospital has also tested positive. Their contact tracing is on.
Other positives in Jammu City and outskirts included 24-year-old youth from Kunjwani, 25-year-old youth from Trikuta Nagar, two youth from Narwal, 48-year-old man from Jain Bazaar, 30-year-old from Shakti Nagar, 27-year-old female from Channi Himmat, 21-year-old from Shastri Nagar, 30-year-old woman from Jagti, Nagrota, 28-year-old youth from Sunjwan and a middle-aged man from Bohri, Talab Tillo.
Earlier in the day, Jammu today recorded fifth Coronavirus casualty, third in Jammu district, when a woman suffering cardiac and lung problems, died in the Isolation Ward of the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu.
A 62-year-old woman from Miran Sahib in RS Pura tehsil of Jammu district, who was admitted in the Government Medical College (GMC) with multiple problems and was tested Corona positive, died this morning in Isolation Ward of the hospital.
GMC Medical Superintendent Dr Dara Singh said the woman was suffering from cardiac, lungs and liver related ailments and had been admitted in the GMC Jammu on May 24. During testing, she reported positive for Coronavirus and was shifted to Isolation Ward of the hospital where she died at 6 am today.
“The woman’s body was packed as per COVID protocol in the mortuary,” he said.
Cremation of the woman was performed at Billol Nullah as per the Standard Operating Procedure with only few family members allowed to join last rites after wearing protective kits.
With this death, toll of Corona casualties in Jammu region has gone up to five. Of four earlier casualties, two have been reported from Jammu district (Digiana and Trikuta Nagar) and one each from Udhampur and Doda district.
Six more Army soldiers today tested positive for Coronavirus including five in Udhampur and one in Samba district.
Of five jawans tested positive in Udhampur, two each had returned from Rajasthan and New Delhi and one from Haryana after availing leave. They were posted in Udhampur and were under quarantine at Army formations. They were aged between 21 and 45 years.
Udhampur district, however, reported only one Corona positive case of a civilian, who is an ex-serviceman, aged 42, hailing from village Badola in Jib Thathi and had returned from New Delhi where he was working as Security Guard. He was under administrative quarantine and has been shifted to COVID Hospital.
Another Army jawan, a 34-year-old hailing from village Kamala in Vijaypur area of Samba district who was posted in Arunachal Pradesh and had returned home on leave by air, tested positive for COVID today.
Three other persons have also tested positive for the virus in Samba include a 31-year-old youth from Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, who was putting up at Sangwali, 59-year-old man from Bainglard and 40-year-old woman from Bari Brahamna.
Eleven persons were tested positive for Coronavirus in Kathua district today.
They hailed from Kathua, Basohli and Bani. All of them were under administrative quarantine after their return from different parts of the country. They have been admitted in COVID hospitals.
Meanwhile, about 800 more persons today entered Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country from Lakhanpur, the Union Territory’s border with Punjab in Kathua district.
In Poonch district, four persons have tested positive for Coronavirus including a female student of Noona Bandi, who had returned from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Three other positives included a 32-year-old youth from Mohra Bachai in Surankote, a 27-year-old youth from Marha and 21-year-old youth from Mehrote. They had travel history of New Delhi, Mumbai and Poonch respectively and were under administrative quarantine.
In Ramban district also, four persons today tested positive, three from Ramban and another from Banihal.
Meanwhile, markets re-opened in Ramban district today after about two and half months following an order issued by the District Magistrate yesterday on opening of shops of both essential and non-essentials in the district from 10 am to 5 pm. Earlier, shops were allowed to open on rotational basis for few hours. Ramban district falls in Red Zone and has also recorded surge in the Corona positive cases recently.
However, restrictions continued in Containment Zones.
Five persons were tested positive for the virus in Rajouri district. They include two from Manjakote, one each from Nowshera and Taryath and one an outside labourer working in the district. All of them have been hospitalized.
Two persons including an Army soldier and an Indian Reserve Police (IRP) jawan tested positive in Reasi and one in Doda district.
Fifteen persons were today discharged from various COVID Hospitals after treatment including nine from the Chest Diseases Hospital.
HoD Chest Diseases Bakshi Nagar, Jammu, Dr Rahul Gupta said a total of 106 patients have been treated from Coronavirus in the CD Hospital and discharged. Of them, nine were discharged today.
CD Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Rajeshwar Sharma said they have now 60 Corona patients. He said first Corona patient was admitted in the hospital on April 6 and since then 166 patients have been admitted and 106 treated and discharged.
Of nine patients discharged from the CD Hospital today, four each belonged to Ramban and Jammu districts and one to Kathua district. Three more patients of Kathua, two of Samba and one from Poonch were discharged from other COVID Hospitals.
According to official figures, Jammu region now has 852 Corona patients including 656 active cases. There have been 191 recoveries and five deaths.
Meanwhile, a total of 516 passengers aboard seven regular commercial flights landed at Jammu Airport today while 12 domestic flights carrying 1581 passengers reached Srinagar.
A total of 1,12,513 residents of Jammu and Kashmir have so far returned from different parts of the country via Lakhanpur in buses and other vehicles, trains to Jammu and Udhampur and by air in Jammu and Srinagar, official sources said.