51,320 persons under observation
STATE TIMES NEWS
Srinagar: Twenty-one people tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 245, officials said here.
Of the fresh cases, 17 are from the Kashmir valley and four from Jammu region, they said.
“Twenty-one fresh cases were detected today in Jammu and Kashmir,” a government official said, adding that the coronavirus count in the state stood at 245 with 197 in Kashmir and 48 in Jammu.
There has been a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past week.
Four patients have died due to the disease in the Union Territory so far and six have recovered.
More than 51,320 people have been kept under surveillance, including those who are either in government-established quarantine facilities or in home-isolation.
According to daily media bulletin, out of 245 positive cases, 235 are Active Positive, six have recovered and four have died.
Till date 51,320 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 9,153 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 433 in Hospital Quarantine, 235 in hospital isolation and 29718 under home surveillance. Besides, 11,777 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the bulletin said that Srinagar has 58 positive cases wherein 56 are Active Positive, one recovered and one has died, Bandipora 42 positive cases with 39 Active Positive, two recovered and one died, Baramulla 37 positive cases with 36 Active Positive, no case has recovered and one died, Budgam 11 positive cases all of whom are Active Positive, Pulwama three positive cases-all Active Positive, Shopian and Kupwara with 14 and 23 positive cases respectively and all are Active Positive, and Ganderbal and Kulgam with five and four positive cases respectively all of whom are Active Positive.
Similarly, Jammu has 21 positive cases of whom 19 are Active Positive and two have recovered, Udhampur 19 positive cases of which 18 are Active Positive, one died, while as Rajouri and Samba have three and four positive cases respectively and all are Active Positive and the single positive case has recovered fully in Kishtwar district.
Strict restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in Kashmir were in place for the 25th consecutive day to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as the deputy commissioners have been directed to enforce a round-the-clock lockdown in the Valley, officials said.
They, however, said the curbs were tightened across the valley after Baseer Ahmad Khan, the adviser to the lieutenant governor and incharge of coronavirus control efforts in Kashmir division, directed deputy commissioners to enforce 24/7 strict lockdown in their respective districts.
Khan issued these directions while chairing a high-level meeting on Saturday to review the arrangements and preparedness to combat deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Valley, the officials said.
The adviser directed the deputy commissioners to plug all loopholes immediately and take strict action against those who try to violate the lockdown.
Khan asked the deputy commissioners to involve religious heads so that they can advise their followers against holding any congregations and spread awareness about observing social-distancing norms to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19.
Following the directive, the security forces sealed off main roads in most places in the Valley and erected barriers at several other places to check the unwanted movement of the people, the officials said.