Srinagar: Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir particularly the Valley continued to show a spike but only after authorities recently increased the testing frequency, taking it beyond 3000 tests per day.
On Sunday, 62 more people including a pregnant woman and 14 policemen tested positive for COVID-19. Among fresh cases, 46 were reported from Kashmir and 16 from Jammu division, officials said.
A day before, 108 people including a dozen pregnant women tested positive- which was the single day highest number of positive cases so far. In a bid to identify the cases and contain the infection, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have started conducting at least 3000 tests per day since May 7.
Of Sunday’s cases, 16 were confirmed at CD hospital’s laboratory out of 642 samples exmained. The policemen who tested positive are posted in Ananatnag district and most of them also belong to the same district, sources said.
Other policemen beliong to Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla and Karnah Kupwara, officials said.
Among fresh cases Kulgam reported 28 cases, Anantnag 15, Jammu 6, Ramban 5, Samba 2 and one each in Srinagar, Shopian, Pulwama, Udhampur, Kathua and Poonch.
The pregnant woman also belongs to Anantanag.
Also, 24 samples, all from Kulgam, returned positive from army’s Udhampur hospital, according to GNS.
According to the daily Media bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 1183 positive cases, 595 are Active Positive, 575 have recovered and 13 have died.
Moreover, 33 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of Kashmir division.
The bulletin further said that out of 80934 test results available, 79751 samples have tested as negative till May 17, 2020.
Also, till date 111368 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 29442 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 105 in Hospital Quarantine, 595 in hospital isolation and 15425 under home surveillance. Besides, 65788 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 135 positive cases with 09 Active Positive, 125 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 157 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 56 Active Positive, 96 recovered (including 12 recoveries today), 05 deaths; Anantnag district has 177 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today), with 141 Active Positive, 35 recovered (including 07 recoveries today), 01 death; Baramulla has 118 positive cases with 35 Active Positive, 80 recovered, 03 deaths; Shopian has 108 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 33 Active Positive, 75 recovered (including 11 recoveries today); Kupwara has 97 positive cases with 49 Active Positive, 48 recovered; Budgam has 57 positive cases, with 28 Active Positive and 28 recovered cases and 01 death; Ganderbal has 23 positive cases with 09 Active cases and 14 recoveries; Kulgam has 147 positive cases (including 28 reported today), with 138 Active Positive and 09 recoveries (including 03 recoveries today); Pulwama reported 16 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 11 active positive, 05 recovered.
Jammu has 45 positive cases (including 06 reported on Sunday) with 17 active positive cases and 27 recoveries and 01 death; Udhampur has 25 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 05 active positive case, 19 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 13 positive cases (including 02 reported today) with 07 Active Positive and 06 recoveries; Rajouri has 05 positive cases with 01 active positive case and 04 recovered; Kathua has 32 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 31 Active positive and 01 recovered; Kishtwar had only 01 positive case who has recovered; Ramban has 23 positive case (including 05 reported today) with 22 active positive and 01 recovered while Reasi has 03 positive cases with 02 active positive and 01 recovered, Poonch reported 01 positive case today.
Describing spitting in public places as a public nuisance, which spreads COVID-19 infection, authorities advised the people to quit chewing tobacco and pan masala for a safer and better health.
“To Quit Tobacco Call Toll free National Tobacco Quit Line 1800112356 or Give a Missed Call at 011-22901701”, the bulletin reads.