152 in Kashmir, 32 in Jammu: 43,798 under surveillance
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SRINAGAR: Twenty-four new COVID-19 cases were detected in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, taking the total number of infected persons to 184, government spokesman Rohit Kansal said. The total number of cases in the Union Territory has risen to 184, out of which 152 are in Kashmir and 32 in Jammu, he said. “Twenty-four new cases were detected today in Jammu and Kashmir,” Kansal said, adding that all the fresh cases were contacts of the already positive patients. “The increase in detection of positive cases in the Union Territory is a result of aggressive testing,” he said. The number of positive cases has been steadily increasing in the valley over the past one week. The Srinagar Administration has urged people to cooperate with the authorities in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic and appealed to those hiding their travel history to come forward voluntarily to get tested for coronavirus.
One more tests positive in Ladakh, total reaches 4Leh: One more person has tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to four, a senior government official said on Thursday.Commissioner Secretary (Health) Rigzin Samphel said the patient is from Choshot Yokma area of Leh, which has now been notified as a ‘containment area’ by the district administration.Of the nine results which came today, one is positive, Samphel said, adding that Leh and Kargil districts have two positive cases each. The woman had gone on a pilgrimage to Iran. She had returned to India on March 21 and reached Leh on March 27, he said. All those who came in her contact are being tracked, Samphel said.
“I can say that 90 per cent of people are cooperating while 10 per cent are not. But I want to emphasise the fact that even if there is a one-per cent loophole, it will create a lot of problems in the recovery from this situation (lockdown),” District Magistrate (DM) Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary told reporters here. As the number of COVID-19 cases saw a spike in the city over the past few days, Chaudhary said officials of the departments dealing with the pandemic were working tirelessly to ensure that no lives were lost to the disease. “I want to assure the people of Srinagar that we are 100 per cent committed to ensuring that no life is lost. There has been an increase in the number of cases but all of their contacts have been traced. There is only one case where we only have an indirect link,” he added. While four patients have died in Jammu and Kashmir, six have recovered, officials said. According to the daily Media Bulletin, till date 43,798 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 8157 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 478 in Hospital Quarantine, 174 in hospital isolation and 25975 under home surveillance. Besides, 9010 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period. The Bulletin said that till date test report of 2649 samples has been received out of which 2465 are negative, and 184 as positive. Thirty nine more persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine in Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period. Except one all these persons belonged to Srinagar district. Upon being discharged all these persons were ferried home in transportation the administration had arranged for their convenience.
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