STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Even as 268 new corona virus cases and ten deaths were reported in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, strict lockdown restrictions got reimposed in parts of Rajouri district following spike in the spread of infection and the authorities declared four areas including Gole Puli, Vikas Lane and Gole Gujral in Talab Tillo area and Ustad Mohalla in old city as red zone.
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Jammu District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan issued two separate orders for declaration of Gole Puli, Vikas Lane in Talab Tillo (Municipal Wards 30 and 31) falling under Police Station Nowabad, Camp Gole Gujral falling under Police Station Domana and Ustad Mohalla (Municipal Ward No 9), falling under Police Station Pacca Danga as red zones immediately till further order.
These declared areas shall be under strict lockdown and tight perimeter control, except for essential needs, the order read, adding that any violation of the order shall invite punitive action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act 2005. However, for any medical emergency, individuals can contact 24X7 control room at 0191-2571616, 0191-2571912 and necessary facilitation shall be done, the order added. In a related development, the entire Rajouri city and adjoining areas were sealed and people were asked to stay indoors as part of the efforts to stop the spread of the infection, officials said. The restrictions were reimposed as a precautionary measure after some locals were tested positive for COVID-19. While in most cases the source of the infection is known, there are some cases where the source is unknown, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Sher Singh told PTI. He said the restrictions would continue till the completion of the contact tracing of all the positive cases, their sampling and receipt of the reports. We have five active red zones and all the residents of these areas are being subjected to COVID testing, Singh said. Meanwhile, the Government Medical College associated hospital in Rajouri town was closed till further orders following detection of a positive case among the inpatients, the officials said. However, the emergency services are functioning normally with doctors and paramedical staff taking all necessary precautionary measures against coronavirus, they said. Rajouri district had recorded the highest single-day spike of 51 cases on Friday. The district had so far recorded one COVID-19 related death among 240 cases, including 171 travellers. A total of 88 people have been cured of the disease so far. A 55-year-old patient died of coronavirus at a hospital here on Saturday, taking the death toll due to the infection in the Jammu region to 16, officials said. The patient, hailing from the Bari Brahmana area of Samba district, was admitted to the isolation ward of the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital Jammu on June 29 after he tested positive for coronavirus. He breathed last this afternoon, the officials said. They said the deceased was suffering from type 2 diabetes and carcinoma bladder with acute respiratory distress syndrome. His death, first from Samba district, raised the number of fatalities due to coronavirus in Jammu region to 16. Jammu district accounted for the highest number of nine COVID-19 related deaths followed by two in Doda and one each in Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch and Udhampur districts. The 10 districts of Jammu region had recorded a total of 2,094 cases, of which 1,454 patients have recovered so far. Jammu topped the list with 452 cases followed by 298 in Udhampur, 272 in Kathua, 254 in Ramban, 240 in Rajouri, 218 in Samba, 139 in Poonch, 124 in Doda, 53 in Reasi and 44 in Kishtwar, the officials said. Meanwhile, the government has informed that 268 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 87 from Jammu division and 181 from Kashmir division, have been reported till this evening during the past twenty four hours thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 10,156. Also 10 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; one from Jammu division and nine from Kashmir Division. Moreover, 109 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 14 from Jammu Division and 95 from Kashmir Division. According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 10,156 positive cases, 4,092 are Active Positive, 5,895 have recovered and 169 have died; 16 in Jammu division and 153 in Kashmir division. The Bulletin further said that out of 4,45,169 test results available, 4,35,013 samples have been tested as negative till July 11, 2020. Additionally, till date 3,11,254 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 38,650 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 36 in Hospital Quarantine, 4,092 in hospital isolation and 45,156 under home surveillance. Besides, 2,23,151 persons have completed their surveillance period. Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 336 positive cases with 44 Active Positive, 289 recovered (including six cases recovered today) and three deaths; Srinagar has 1611 positive cases (including 67 cases reported today) with 1075 Active Positive, 494 recovered, 42 deaths; Anantnag district has 781 positive cases (including six cases reported today), with 175 Active Positive, 592 recovered (including one case recovered today), 14 deaths; Baramulla has 1288 positive cases (including 37 cases reported today) with 743 Active Positive, 513 recovered, 32 deaths; Shopian has 888 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 198 Active Positive, 674 recovered (including 11 cases recovered today) and 16 deaths; Kupwara has 746 positive cases (including 37 cases reported today) with 264 Active Positive, 473 recovered (including 15 cases reported today) and nine deaths; Budgam has 532 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 213 Active Positive and 307 recovered cases (including 14 cases recovered today) and 12 deaths; Ganderbal has 161 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 73 active positive cases and 86 recoveries and two deaths; Kulgam has 987 positive cases (including 23 cases reported today), with 313 Active Positive and 656 recoveries (including nine cases recovered today) and 18 deaths and Pulwama reported 645 positive cases (including five cases reported today) with 297 active positive cases and 343 recovered (including 39 cases recovered today) and five deaths. Similarly, Jammu has 473 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 135 active positive cases and 329 recoveries (including seven cases recovered today) and nine deaths; Udhampur has 301 positive cases (including three cases reported today) with 53 active positive cases, 247 recovered (including one case recovered today) and one death; Samba has 224 positive cases (including six cases reported today) with 86 Active Positive and 137 recoveries and one death; Rajouri has 269 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 180 active positive cases and 88 recovered and one death; Kathua has 292 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today) with 81 Active positive and 210 recovered (including four recoveries today) and one death; Kishtwar has 45 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 20 active positive cases and 25 recovered; Ramban has 254 positive cases with 48 active positive and 206 recoveries; Reasi has 57 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 18 active positive and 39 recovered; Poonch has 142 positive cases (including three cases reported today) with 22 active positive and 119 recoveries (including two cases recovered today) and one death while Doda has 124 positive cases with 54 active positive cases and 68 recoveries and two deaths. According to the bulletin, of the total 10,156 positive cases in J&K 2,821 have been reported as travelers while 7,335 as others.
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