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Second Novel Corona Virus death in JK as Tangmarg man dies at Chest Diseases Hospital
As five more test positive for COVID-19 active cases go up to 34
3/29/2020 11:46:35 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Mar 29: The death toll due to the Novel Corona Virus in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir reached two as a patient hailing from Tangmarg in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district passed away in the wee hours today.
At the same time as five more persons tested positive for Corona Virus today the number of people affected by the disease in the union territory is 38. As two patients have died now and two patients have recovered the number of active cases in Jammu & Kashmir is 34.
Reports said that the person who passed away today was found to be COVID-19 positive only yesterday. He was taken to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital where from he was shifted to Chest Diseases Hospital where he lost the battle of his life at about 4:00 AM.
This is the second death due to Corona Virus in Kashmir with the first being a resident of Shah Anwar Colony, Hyderpora-Srinagar.
Rohit Kansal, spokesman for Jammu & Kashmir government confirmed about the second COVID-19 death in the early hours today. “Sad start to the day. Unfortunate demise of a coronavirus patient in Srinagar this morning,” wrote Kansal on the Twitter.
In the meantime, five more persons tested positive for Corona Virus in Kashmir. Among them two are residents of Srinagar, two of Budgam and one of Baramulla district. Kansal also confirmed to the latest cases of Corona Virus through a tweet. “5 more positives cases confirmed in Kashmir -2 from Srinagar, 2 Budgam, 1 Baramulla,” he tweeted.
In Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar has the highest number of 15 cases followed by Bandipora eight cases, Jammu three cases, Budgam three cases, Rajouri three cases, Udhampur three cases, Baramulla two cases and Pulwama one case. Out of these cases there have been two deaths and two recoveries.
The government through the media bulletin informed that 6,465 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, 38 cases (34 active positive, 02 recovered and 02 deaths) have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir. The bulletin said that 3260 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 307 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 2163 while as 735 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period. The bulletin said that 588 samples have been sent for testing of which 542 tested as negative while as 8 reports are awaited till March 29, 2020.
Urging people to stay calm and not to panic, the government through an advisory said that it has undertaken aggressive contact tracing and testing campaign to detect Covid-19 positive cases for taking necessary preventive measures for containment of spread that is why the number of confirmed positive cases is increasing.
Stressing on need to avoid un-necessary travel, advisory urged public not visit crowded places and avoid large gatherings, not to spit in public. People must also take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent hand washing with soap & water; and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes.
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