STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded three deaths and 155 fresh COVID-19 cases, including nine pregnant women, taking the number of those infected with the disease to 2,601, officials said. While 99 of these cases are from Jammu, 56 are from Kashmir, the officials said. Monday’s cases include nine pregnant women and a doctor from a government hospital here, they added. The officials said the total number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir has now reached 2,601. “Of these, 1,999 are in Kashmir, while 602 are in Jammu region,” they added.
Jammu Mayor among 80 officials placed under quarantine Jammu: The civil secretariat here was sanitised and 80 government officials and their contacts were put to quarantine after a top bureaucrat tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Monday. Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has taken a serious note of the alleged violations of the Standard operating procedures (SOPs) by the officials while holding meetings, sources said. “Almost the entire health department administration that participated in the meetings chaired by the top bureaucrat has been sent to home and administrative quarantine,” an officer of the health department said. The top bureaucrat, who tested positive for COVID-19, was a nodal officer for Kashmir, the officials said. Those who have been quarantined include 12 IAS officers and Mayor, Jammu Municipal Corporation they said. Sanitisation of all the offices and complexes of the civil secretariat was carried out on Monday, the officials said. The employees were not allowed entry into the building during the operation, they said.
The Raj Bhavan has taken a serious note of the alleged violations of the SOPs during meetings by the top officials, the sources said. Employees are annoyed over the holding of daily meetings where SOPs are violated, they said. Some officers on the condition of anonymity alleged that top bureaucrats are forcing them to physically be present in meetings and this has been conveyed to the Lt governor. “Why can’t meetings be held through video-conferencing,” one of the officers said. Sources also alleged that in violation of the guidelines, some officers have been put up for quarantine in a hotel in which the disaster management centre has been set up thereby posing threat to staff members there.
There are 1,624 active cases in the union territory 1,157 in Kashmir and 467 in Jammu. A total of 946 patients have recovered, they said. The Union Territory recorded three COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours. While one death took place in Doda district, two were reported from Shopian district of south Kashmir. The UT has witnessed 31 COVID-19 related deaths so far. According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 176309 COVID-19 test results available, 173708 samples have been tested as negative till June 1, 2020. Additionally, till date 176805 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 38276 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 38 in Hospital Quarantine, 1624 in hospital isolation and 48964 under home surveillance. Besides, 87872 persons have completed their surveillance period. Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 146 positive cases with 11 Active Positive, 134 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 290 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 142 Active Positive, 141 recovered, 07 deaths; Anantnag district has 350 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today), with 221 Active Positive, 124 recovered (including 02 cases recovered today), 05 deaths; Baramulla has 238 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 130 Active Positive, 103 recovered, 05 deaths; Shopian has 175 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 64 Active Positive, 108 recovered and 03 death; Kupwara has 279 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 204 Active Positive, 75 recovered; Budgam has 110 positive cases, with 47 Active Positive and 61 recovered cases and 02 deaths; Ganderbal has 34 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 10 Active cases and 24 recoveries; Kulgam has 300 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today), with 264 Active Positive and 32 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today) and 04 deaths and Pulwama reported 77 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 64 active positive and 13 recovered. Similarly, Jammu has 144 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 101 active positive cases and 41 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today) and 02 deaths; Udhampur has 67 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 40 active positive cases, 26 recovered (including 01 case recovered today) and 01 death; Samba has 44 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 31 Active Positive and 13 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today); Rajouri has 33 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 28 active positive cases and 05 recovered; Kathua has 78 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 53 Active positive and 25 recovered (including 05 cases recovered today); Kishtwar has 12 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 11 active positive cases and 01 recovered; Ramban has 144 positive cases (including 53 cases reported today) with 128 active positive and 16 recoveries (including 01 case recovered today); Reasi has 14 positive cases with 11 active positive and 03 recovered, Poonch has 40 active positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) while Doda has 26 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 24 active positive case, 01 recovered and 01 death.
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