STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded two deaths and 117 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 13 pregnant women, taking the total number of infected persons to 2,718 in the Union Territory, officials said. Of the 117 new cases, 40 are from Jammu and 77 from Kashmir, they said. Thirteen pregnant women, over a dozen police personnel and a leading pulmonologist from a government hospital here are among the fresh cases, the officials said. “Of the total 2,718 cases, 2,076 are in Kashmir and 642 in the Jammu region,” the officials added.
Family of COVID-19 victim flees with half-burnt body Jammu: A mob on Tuesday disrupted the last rites of a COVID-19 victim and forced his family members to flee with the half-burnt body here, prompting intervention by the administration which later ensured the cremation at another place as per protocol. A 72-year-old man, hailing from Doda district, became the fourth victim of coronavirus to die in Jammu region. He breathed his last at the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital on Monday. We had set out for the funeral along with a revenue official and a medical team, and had lit the pyre at a cremation ground in Domana area when a large group of local residents appeared at the scene and disrupted the last rites, son of the deceased said. Only close relatives of the deceased, including his wife and two sons, were present during the cremation. They had to flee with the half-burnt body in an ambulance to save their skin from the mob which pelted stones and attacked them with sticks. We had sought permission from the government to take the body to our home district for the last rites, but we were told that all necessary arrangements were in place, and that we would not face any trouble during the cremation, the victim’s son said. He also alleged that the security officials present at the scene were of no help. Two policemen who were present there failed to act against the unruly crowd, while the accompanying revenue official went missing, he said. The ambulance driver and other staff from the hospital helped us a lot and managed to take us back to the GMC hospital with the body. The government should have come out with a better plan to conduct the last rites of coronavirus victims, taking into consideration the past experience and problems encountered during the funeral of such victims, the victim’s son said. Later, the body was taken to a cremation ground at Bhagwati Nagar area of the city, where it was consigned to flames in the afternoon in presence of senior civil officials, including additional deputy commissioner and sub-divisional magistrate under tight security. My uncle was admitted in the hospital last week and died on Monday afternoon. He was suffering from various ailments, especially lungs and heart diseases. Before shifting him to GMC hospital Jammu, he underwent a coronavirus test in Doda which came negative, nephew of the deceased said. However, he said, the victim’s second test after his admission in the GMC hospital came positive on Sunday.
India far away from pandemic peak: Govt New Delhi: India is far away from the peak of COVID-19 spread and its preventive measures have been “very effective”, putting it in a much better position in comparison with other countries, the Centre said on Tuesday, even as the case count and death toll continued to mount. Addressing a press conference on the COVID-19 situation, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said it is wrong to just look at the total number of cases and state that India has the seventh highest number of cases as the population of countries also should be taken into account. About 14 countries with a cumulative population almost equal to that of India have reported 55.2 times more COVID-19 deaths, he said. “Our COVID-19 fatality rate of 2.82 per cent and amongst the lowest in the world, compared to a global fatality rate of 6.13 per cent. We have been able to achieve this due to timely identification of cases and proper clinical management,” Agarwal said. He also said that India’s COVID-19 case fatality rate per lakh population is 0.41 per cent as against 4.9 per cent globally which is also amongst the lowest in the world. One in every two COVID-19 deaths in India has been of senior citizens who constitute 10 per cent of the total population, while 73 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in the country are of people with comorbidities, he said. It is imperative that high-risk people take required preventive action and also take timely action based on medical advice in case they experience COVID-19 symptoms, Agarwal said. “We request our high risk population to stay home. They may adopt various activities to utilize their time productively at home and stay fit,” he said. “In ‘Unlock 1’ situation, we have to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour to live with the virus by taking adequate precautions,” Agarwal said. Asked if India has entered the community transmission phase, Indian Council of Medical Research scientist Nivedita Gupta, who was also present at the briefing, said, “Instead of using the word community transmission, it is important to understand the extent of spread of the disease and where do we stand in comparison with other countries.” ICMR is conducting a sero-survey to assess the extent of spread of COVID-19 and almost 34,000 people are being tested as a part of it. The results will be out in the public domain by the end of this week or early next week, she said. When asked when the peak will arrive, Gupta said, “We are very far away from the peak. Our preventive measures to curtail the disease are very effective and we are better positioned in comparison with other countries. You will get to see the data in a week.” The ICMR official said 1.20 lakh samples are being tested for COVID-19 on an average per day and at present there are 476 government and 205 private labs testing for the virus. Responding to a question, she also said there was no under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths in India and states were doing causality assessment and attributing cause of death accordingly. The novel coronavirus death toll rose to 5,598 in India on Tuesday with 204 more fatalities, while 8,171 new cases took the number of infections to over 1.98 lakh, the Health Ministry said. The active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) climbed to 97,581 and as many as 95,526 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the data. Around 48.07 per cent patients have recovered so far, a ministry official said.
At present, there are 1,732 active cases in the Union Territory, while 953 patients have recovered from the disease, they said. Meanwhile, two COVID19-related deaths were recorded in J-K in the past 24 hours taking the toll to 33. The fresh fatalities include a 25-year-old man from Kupwara and an 80-year-old woman from Baramulla, the officials said. The test report of the man, who had died at a hospital here on Monday, came back positive for COVID-19 this afternoon, they said. He was suffering from acute pneumonia. He is the youngest patient to die due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. The officials said the woman, who also died on Monday, has also tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, top pulmonologist Naveed Nazir Shah, who was leading a COVID hospital here, tested positive for the respiratory disease late on Monday night. “I’m overwhelmed and deeply humbled by the wishes of all my known and unknown well wishers praying for my recovery… tested positive.. followed #protocol and got #admitted … thank you everyone ..remember in prayers,” Shah said in a tweet. He, however, expressed sadness over some reports that he had doctored his report to avoid duty. “But (I) am saddened by some reporting my report has been feigned to avoid duties … I will be the last person to do that … I’m in quarantine and working from here … available for all possible deliverable services,” he said. According to daily Media Bulletin 1,85,119 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have so far been enlisted for surveillance which included 43,635 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 43 in Hospital Quarantine, 1,732 in hospital isolation and 50,220 under home surveillance. Besides, 89,456 persons have completed their surveillance period. Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 151 positive cases (including five cases reported today) with 16 Active Positive, 134 recovered, one death; Srinagar has 305 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 157 Active Positive, 141 recovered, seven deaths; Anantnag district has 349 positive cases, with 218 Active Positive, 126 recovered (including two cases recovered today), five deaths; Baramulla has 245 positive cases (including seven cases reported today) with 136 Active Positive, 103 recovered, six deaths; Shopian has 181 positive cases (including seven cases reported today) with 70 Active Positive, 108 recovered and three deaths; Kupwara has 289 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 212 Active Positive, 76 recovered (including one case recovered today) and one death; Budgam has 119 positive cases (including eight cases reported today), with 56 Active Positive and 61 recovered cases and two deaths; Ganderbal has 34 positive cases with 10 Active cases and 24 recoveries; Kulgam has 311 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today), with 275 Active Positive and 32 recoveries and 04 deaths and Pulwama reported 92 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 79 active positive and 13 recovered. Similarly, Jammu has 157 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 114 active positive cases and 41 recoveries and two deaths; Udhampur has 69 positive cases (including two cases reported today) with 42 active positive cases, 26 recovered and one death; Samba has 45 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 32 Active Positive and 13 recoveries; Rajouri has 36 positive cases (including three cases reported today) with 31 active positive cases and five recovered; Kathua has 80 positive cases (including two cases reported today) with 53 Active positive and 27 recovered (including two cases recovered today); Kishtwar has 12 positive cases with nine active positive cases and three recovered (including two cases recovered today); Ramban has 153 positive cases (including nine cases reported today) with 137 active positive and 16 recoveries; Reasi has 14 positive cases with 11 active positive and three recovered, Poonch has 49 active positive cases (including nine cases reported today) while Doda has 27 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 25 active positive case and one recovered and one death.
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