STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir reported 25 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total number of infected people to 273, officials said.
They said all the 25 cases were detected in the Kashmir Valley.
The total number of positive cases in the union territory has now risen to 273, out of which 222 were reported in Kashmir and 48 in Jammu.
The number of positive cases has been steadily increasing in the valley over the past 10 days.
According to the daily media bulletin, 250 cases have been reported as Active Positive while 16 have recovered. Till date, 53679 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 8581 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 354 in Hospital Quarantine, 250 in hospital isolation and 30634 under home surveillance. Besides, 13856 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
Moreover 10, more patients have recovered today, four are from Kashmir Division (2 SKIMS Soura, 2 JLNM Srinagar) and six from Jammu Division (CD Hospital Jammu)
The bulletin said that 3795 samples have tested as negative till April 13, 2020.

2 minor girls recover, discharged
SRINAGAR: Two minor girls, who had tested positive last month for the novel coronavirus, have recovered and were discharged from a hospital in Srinagar on Monday.
“Two tests were conducted on each girl in a span of 24 hours. Both came negative after which they were discharged from the hospital today,” Dr Tabasum, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) Hospital, where the girl were admitted on March 26, said.
Dr Tabasum said the girls who had contracted the deadly virus from their grandfather with travel history to Saudi Arabia, were kept in isolation since they were admitted last month.
“We allotted a separate ward to the girls and also counselled them a lot. We told them not to touch surfaces. In order to prevent any mental trauma, we gave them toys, crayons and drawing sheets for distraction,” she said.
Dr Tabasum said the mother of the girls had tested negative but she spent the past more than two weeks with them at the hospital. The JLNM
Hospital Deputy Superintendent said the mother was also tested before being discharged from the hospital. The father of the girls has also tested negative.
The girls will now spent 14 days in home quarantine and they will be counselled again if need arises, Dr Tabasum said.


Providing district-wise breakup, the bulletin said that Srinagar has 70 positive cases wherein 66 are Active Positive, 3 recovered and 1 has died, Bandipora 51 positive cases with 47 Active Positive, 3 recovered and 01 died, Baramulla 40 positive cases with 39 Active Positive, no case has recovered and 1 died, Budgam 11 positive cases all of whom are Active Positive, Pulwama 03 positive cases where 02 Active Positive,01 recovered; Shopian and Kupwara with 14 and 23 positive cases respectively and all are Active Positive, and Ganderbal and Kulgam with 05 and 05 positive cases respectively all of whom are Active Positive.
Similarly, Jammu has 21 positive cases of whom 18 are Active Positive and 03 have recovered, Udhampur 19 positive cases of which 14 are Active Positive, 04 recovered and 01 died, while as Rajouri has 03 positive cases of whom 2 are Active Positive with 01 recovery; Samba district has 04 positive cases which are all active positive. Meanwhile, Kishtwar has only 01 positive case which has recovered.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
As district Samba witnessed its first COVID-19 positive case, reported from village Supwal yesterday, the district administration has declared the complete village as ‘Hotspot’.
Following the rigorous sampling and testing by medical teams, one positive case having travel history was reported from Supwal village. The case was referred to GMC Jammu for further treatment.
The district administration has sealed all the inward and outward movement of men, material and means from the village to contain the spread of virus till all contacts of covid-19 patient are tested negative.
It was informed that a designated district officer is stationed at an appropriate location in the village and a Control room has been setup for any kind of assistance to local habitants including availability of essential commodities, conduction of door to door tests, announcements through PAS, medical assistance, availability of dry and wet ration besides other necessary measures.
Deputy Commissioner said that “10 medical team headed by MO, revenue officials, police personnel and Panchayat members will carry out door to door medical checkups and contact tracing and report will be submitted within 03 days”. DC said that complete area shall be sanitized while masks and gloves shall also be distributed among public.
District Administration has appealed to all the residents of samba district in general and habitants of Supwal village in particular to remain indoors and follow the government directions. All the essential items shall be provided at the door steps and for any assistance contact the control room telephonically. District control room, samba number is 01923-246915.
In a related development, the District Administration Ganderbal has quarantined 20 more persons who are primary and secondary contacts of 3 new positive cases from Village Guzhama, Ganderbal.
Notably, the Village Guzhama has already been declared red zone after two positive cases were detected in the village, earlier.
Briefing the media, the District Magistrate (DM), Shafqat Iqbal said that 3 fresh positive cases are sent to isolation at COVID-19 District Hospital, Ganderbal, besides 20 persons are Hospital quarantined whose samples have been taken for testing.
The DM appealed the people to maintain social distancing and obey the advisories issued by the Health department and District Administration. He appreciated the surveillance teams for their tireless efforts in contact tracing.