Srinagar, May 29: A 70-year-old Shopian man, due to COVID-19 in the Kashmir on Friday taking the death toll due to the infection in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to 28, while as 128 more people—92 from Kashmir and 36 from Jammu— tested positive for the deadly virus. The number of cases in J&K UT mounted to 2164.
With the death of Shopian man seven people have lost their lives due to the infection this week so far and 16 people in 13 days in J&K, where the COVID-19 positive cases have surpassed 2000 mark.
Official sources said he was admitted to SHMS hospital in Srinagar on Wednesday. “The patient was suffering from pneumonia with underlying hypertension and diabetes,” they said.
However, they said the patient died Thursday evening at the hospital. “His sample was sent for testing, which came out positive on Friday,” they said, adding the last rites of the patient would be held according to the guidelines issued by MHA.
Ten districts of Jammu have reported three fatalities while 25 people have lost their lived due to COVID-19 in ten districts of Kashmir.
This is the first death due to COVID-19 reported in Shopian. Srinagar is the worst affected district in terms of mortality rate with seven deaths due to the infection. Anantnag and Baramulla stands at number two with five deaths each while Kulgam is number three with four deaths.
On Thursday, a 55-year-old man, a resident of Khanpora in Baramulla, tested positive for COVID-19 days after he died at SHMS hospital. Two people, including a 70-year-old man from Anantnag and 55-year-old man from Srinagar, died due to COVID-19 in Kashmir valley on Wednesday. On Tuesday, a 90-year-old man from Kulgam, who was tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, died at a hospital in Srinagar.
A 65-year-old woman from Kulgam in Kashmir and 63-year-old man from Jammu tested positive for COVID-19 after their deaths on Monday.
On May 23, a 55-year-old Anantnag woman, who tested positive for COVID-19, died in a hospital in the summer capital, Srinagar.
Two elderly women, an 80-year-old from Srinagar and 40-year-old from Budgam, died in separate hospitals due to COVID-19 in the summer capital, Srinagar on May 21. On May 18, three people — including a 65-year-old woman from Kulgam, 75-year-old man and 75-year old woman from Kokernag in Anantnag – died due to COVID-19 in Chest Disease hospital, Srinagar.
A 29-year-old woman, a resident of Habba Kadal in the city, died at Chest Disease hospital, Srinagar, on May 17. Five doctors, including four of them who treated 29-year-old woman patient, tested positive for COVID-19 in the summer capital, Srinagar on May 18.
An elderly man, who died in a hospital in the summer capital, Srinagar on May 16, tested positive for COVID-19. Another elderly man had died on May 13 in Jammu due to COVID-19.
Earlier last week, an elderly man died on May 11 due to Coronavirus in Kashmir valley. The death of the elderly man had come just days after his son became the youngest victim of the infection in J&K.
J&K recorded first death due to COVID-19 on March 25, when a 65-year-old man from Hyderpora died due to the infection at Chest Disease Hospital. Then, on March 29, a 50-year-old man, a resident of Tangmarg, passed away at CD hospital.
Earlier last month, a 54-year-old Bandipora resident, who tested positive for the infection, died at SMHS hospital. Later on April 8, a 61-year-old woman from Udhampur died at Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu. A 70-year-old patient died on April 17 due to Coronavirus in Kashmir valley. An elderly man, a resident of Baramulla, on April 18 died due to Coronavirus in Kashmir valley. A pregnant woman, who died at a hospital in Anantnag on Saturday, tested positive on April 26. An 80-year-old woman died in a hospital in Srinagar on April 28 due to the infection
JK reports 128 new cases, 875 recover so far
Meanwhile the Government informed that 128 more people tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, 36 from Jammu division and 92 from Kashmir division, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 2164.
Moreover, 16 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 05 from Jammu Division and 11 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 2164 positive cases, 1261 are Active Positive, 875 have recovered and 28 have died.
The Bulletin further said that out of 156010 test results available, 153846 samples have been tested as negative till May 29, 2020.
Additionally, till date 158773 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 34495 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 54 in Hospital Quarantine, 1261 in hospital isolation and 41525 under home surveillance. Besides, 81410 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 145 positive cases with 12 Active Positive, 132 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 246 positive cases (including 27 cases reported today) with 111 Active Positive, 128 recovered (including 02 cases recovered today), 07 deaths; Anantnag district has 295 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today), with 170 Active Positive, 120 recovered, 05 deaths; Baramulla has 177 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 70 Active Positive, 102 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today), 05 deaths; Shopian has 152 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 44 Active Positive, 107 recovered and 01 death; Kupwara has 255 positive cases (including 18 case reported today) with 181 Active Positive, 74 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today); Budgam has 89 positive cases, with 35 Active Positive and 52 recovered cases (including 01 case recovered today) and 02 deaths; Ganderbal has 31 positive cases with 07 Active cases and 24 recoveries; Kulgam has 273 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today), with 246 Active Positive and 23 recoveries and 04 deaths and Pulwama reported 65 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 53 active positive and 12 recovered.
Similarly, Jammu has 128 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 89 active positive cases and 37 recoveries (including 01 case recovered today) and 02 deaths; Udhampur has 52 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today) with 29 active positive cases, 22 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 34 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 24 Active Positive and 10 recoveries; Rajouri has 21 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 16 active positive cases and 05 recovered (including 01 case recovered today); Kathua has 65 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 46 Active positive and 19 recovered (including 03 cases recovered today); Kishtwar has 08 positive case with 07 active positive cases and 01 recovered; Ramban has 75 positive cases with 72 active positive and 03 recoveries; Reasi has 13 positive cases with 10 active positive and 03 recovered, Poonch has 38 active positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) while Doda has 02 positive cases with 01 active positive case and 01 recovered.
According to the bulletin, of the total 2164 positive cases in the UT of J&K 990 have been reported as of travellers and 1174 have been reported as others.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
The bulletin has urged upon the public to maintain physical distance of at least 2 metre from others, frequently clean hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquettes & hygiene which is the best way to protect themselve from COVID-19.
As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.
The bulletin again explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “Not disclosing symptoms could put life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice”.
Advisory has further exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap and water.”
In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while as pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialling toll-free number 102.
People can also call on toll-free national helpline number 1075; J&K COVID-19 Helpline Numbers 0191- 2549676 (UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 & 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division) for support, guidance, and response to health-related queries on Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time and rely only on the information released by the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.
People are also advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.