Valley News Desk

Nadeem Nadu

Srinagar, April 11 (GNS): Maternal and paternal grandmothers of a COVID-19 patient from Kupwara were among seventeen fresh cases of novel coronavirus on Saturday, taking the number of infected persons in the J&K to 224.

Among the fresh cases also includes a woman who gave birth by cesarean delivery at a hospital in Jammu on April 11, they said.

Regarding 12 cases in Kashmir, nine are from north Kashmir districts, two from central Kashmir’s Budgam and one from southern Shopian districts, the sources said.

“2 more (coronavirus) positives from Muqam Shawali and another from Bandipora, currently residing at Trehgam. All contacts of earlier positive patients. All of them are under quarantine at COVID Hospital Kupwara and are stable,” Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Anshul Garg said.

The two patients from Muqam-e-Shawali are 70-year-old and 80-year-old grandmothers of the local COVID-19 patient, a 23-year-old youth, while the third one from Trehgam, Kupwara is a 20-year-old youth who has a history of travel to Bhopal and New Delhi.

Five cases are from Bandipora and they include 44-year-old woman, 20-year-old youth, 25-year-old female, 25-year-old youth and 70-year-old woman, all residents of Gund Jahangeer area of the district and all contacts of previous COVID-19 patients. Among the fresh cases includes a 24-year-old female from Wagub, Sopore in northern Baramulla district, they said.

Another case from Budgam includes a 60-year-old man from Pallar area with history for travel to New Delhi.

The case from Shopian is a 30-year-old man, a resident of Shirmal area and is said to be the contact of a previous patient who happens to be his grandfather, they added.

Jammu reported five new cases and includes a woman from Akhnoor who gave birth to a baby at Sri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) hospital in city on Friday.

This is the J&K first case of a COVID-19 positive patient giving birth and it has led to panic mostly within the hospital.

Sources told GNS that the sample of the baby has been taken and results are awaited. “Both the mother and girl baby are healthy but the woman’s tests returning positive for the coronavirus have created panic. The hospital has many patients and this is the reason why everybody is alarmed,” a senior official said.

More than 165 cases were added in the last eleven days alone. From the time the first COVID-19 case was announced in J&K on March 09, it took about three weeks for the cases to reach 50-mark. It took the next five days for the cases to double—to cross 100—and next as many days to cross 200-mark.

From 52 reported cases by the end of last month, the J&K reached a cumulative tally of 106 cases on April 5. Till date, the officially confirmed tally stands at 224—44 in Jammu and 280 in Kashmir. Four people have died due to the deadly infection in the J&K while six others—three each in Jammu and Kashmir divisions have recovered and discharged.

Meanwhile the government informed that 48202 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which includes 7729 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 422 in Hospital Quarantine, 214 in hospital isolation and 28912 under home surveillance. Besides, 10921 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period. The Bulletin further said that 2982 samples have tested as negative till April 11.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 58 positive cases wherein 56 are Active Positive, 01 have recovered and 01 have died, Bandipora 41 positive cases with 38 Active Positive, 02 have recovered and 01 died, Baramulla 33 positive cases with 32 Active Positive, 0 recovered and 01 died, Budgam 11 positive cases all of whom are Active Positive, Pulwama 03 positive cases-all Active Positive, Shopian and Kupwara with 14 and 15 positive cases respectively and all are Active Positive, and Ganderbal and Kulgam with 02 and 03 positive cases respectively all of whom are Active Positive. Similarly, Jammu has 19 positive cases of whom 17 are Active Positive and 02 have recovered, Udhampur 18 positive cases of which 17 are Active Positive, 0 recovered and 01 died, while as Rajouri and Kishtwar have 03 and 01 positive cases respectively wherein all the three in Rajouri are Active Positive and the single positive case has recovered fully in Kishtwar district. Further, there are 03 positive cases in Samba whom all are Active Positive. (GNS)

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