Tally rises to 1,921, deaths 26, recoveries 854
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: With detection of 162 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus– 124 from the Kashmir division and 38 from Jammu division — the tally in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 1,921.
According to officials, two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported from the Kashmir Division while the recoveries registered in the Union Territory so far have gone up to 852.
Of the 1,921 positive cases, 1,041 are Active Positive while the death toll has risen to 26; three in Jammu division and 23 in Kashmir division.
COVID-19 cases in Ladakh rise to 54
Leh: Another person tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Leh district, taking the number of cases in Ladakh to 54 on Wednesday, the Health Department said.
The active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rose to 11 — nine in Kargil and two in Leh districts. Forty-three patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, officials said.
The department has received 297 sample reports on Tuesday. A total of 588 samples were sent to the National Centre for Disease Control in New Delhi for testing on Wednesday, the officials said.
The new cases reported during the past 24 hours in the Valley include Anantnag 4, Srinagar 20 Kupwara 26, Kulgam 27, Bandipora 2, Baramulla 10, Budgam 2, Shopian 12 and Pulwama 21. In Jammu division, Reasi, Kathua and Samba reported three cases each, Udhampur and Poonch 11 each, Jammu 4, Rajouri 2 and Ramban 1.
As per Daily Media Bulletin, the testing is on across the Union Territory and 1,43,241 out of 1,45,162 samples have tested as negative till May 27, 2020. Additionally, 1,46,152 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 31919 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 57 in Hospital Quarantine, 1,041 in hospital isolation and 35,843 under home surveillance. Besides, 77,266 persons have completed their surveillance period.
The officials said that out of two deaths reported during the past 24 hours, a 55-year-old man, hailing from the Fateh Kadal area of the city, died at the Chest Diseases (CD) hospital. The patient was shifted to the hospital from SICU SMHS on May 18 as an operated case of exploratory laparotomy with appendicectomy after testing positive for coronavirus.
Exploratory laparotomy is surgery to open up the abdomen to find the cause of problems such as belly pain or bleeding that testing could not diagnose. Appendicectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix from the abdomen.
The patient’s health was improving and was hemodynamically stable and maintaining saturation without oxygen, the officials said.
However, he developed sudden cardiac arrest around 4 pm, they added.
Meanwhile, the District Disaster Management Authority, Srinagar after a detailed review of Red Zones and comprehensive analysis of COVID containment efforts therein has approved removal of perimeter restrictions from 13 Containment Zones qualifying under the lad down guidelines.
District Magistrate, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the perimeter restrictions involving blockade of roads and lanes in periphery of such containment zones have been removed for public convenience pursuant to containment efforts yielding desired results.
The removal of perimeter restrictions is aimed at opening of roads and lanes which were closed pursuant to declaration of the areas as Red Zones. The DDMA is holding active deliberations with stakeholders for further steps to be notified and greater involvement of public.
The areas where perimeter restrictions have been removed include erstwhile Red Zones Khayam, Natipora, Chhatabal, Jawahar Nagar, Hakah Bazar Hawal, Alamdar Colony, Boatman Colony Bemina, Ahmed Nagar, Tengpora bypass, Watal Kadal, Takanwari, Brein Nishat and Goripora. The district continues with 23 Containment (Red) Zones.
The Zonation of areas will continue to be a dynamic process and any area can be further declared as Red Zone with detection of cases. More than 13,000 tests have been conducted in District Srinagar and door-to-door health survey has covered nearly 87% population.
The district administration earlier last month constituted 25 Zonal Committees to ensure uninterrupted essential services and supplies in Red Zones. Several officers were stationed locally to oversee local issues. Local residents were actively involved in several areas for implementation of Containment Zone guidelines notified by the administration.