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11 more including doctor test positive for Coronavirus in JK
Active cases swell up to 45, quarantining of three localities in Jammu
3/30/2020 11:15:50 PM
jehangir rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Mar 30: As 11 more persons, including a doctor tested positive for the Novel Corona Virus in Jammu & Kashmir today the number of persons affected by the virus has gone up to 49.
As two persons have died and two have recovered the number of active cases in the union territory are 45. Sources said that a doctor posted at the microbiology lab of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Jammu tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to the doctor nine persons tested positive for the virus today.
"A doctor, working in the microbiology lab of GMCH in Jammu tested positive on Monday. He has been quarantined while samples of other staff at the lab have also been taken" said sources. The spokesman of Jammu & Kashmir government Rohit Kansal confirmed about these cases through different tweets.
"Just Now: Another positive case reported by SKIMS Soura. Total 49," tweeted Kansal in the evening at about 8:15 PM. "Three more cases detected positive in Kashmir. A total of 48 cases now. 11,644 persons under observation.722 samples tested so far," he tweeted at about 8 PM.
Earlier the government spokesman tweeted, "Four more cases detected positive in Kashmir. 2 each from Shopian and Srinagar. All contacts of previous positive cases. Contact tracing working on ground." Before that he tweeted in the morning, "Status Update: No new cases in Kashmir Division; In Jammu Division 3 new positive cases. Total for J&K now 41."
In the meantime, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sushma Chauhan issued an order late Sunday of quarantining at least three densely populated localities in Jammu. Those are Bhatindi, Sunjuwan and Gujjar Nagar, largely dominated by the Muslim community.
"No movement of individual for any reason whatsoever shall be permitted into and out of Bhatindi, Sunjuwan and Gujjar Nagar. However, for any medical emergency people can 0191-2571616, 0191-2571912 and necessary facilitation shall be done", reads the official order.
The order further reads, "In order to strengthen the Covid-19 containment operations in some areas of police station Trikuta Nagar, (from where recent positive cases have been traced), we have intensified the lockdown in Bhatindi and neighbouring areas. We are further doing it on Monday in Bhawani Nagar area of Janipur police station as well. This is in the interest of public at large."
Few hours later another densely populated locality Bhawani Nagar in Janipur area was also quarantined. Meanwhile, two villages in South Kashmir were declared as red zones to prevent spread of Covid-19. District magistrate Shopian said that there would be no inward and outward movement of any person from the villages declared red zones and the people would stay in their homes to ensure complete lockdown.
Two villages Ramnagri and Sedow were put in red zone category while adjoining villages of these tehsils were declared buffer zones and sealed. Earlier, seven villages were declared red zone areas in neighbouring Pulwama district after reports that many people had come in contact with the Covid-19 positive patient.
In the meantime, the government through the media bulletin informed that 10 new positive cases of novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) have been reported today which include three from Jammu division and seven from Kashmir division thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 48. It said that out of 48 positive cases 44 are active positive, two have recovered and two have died.
Till date 11644 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which also includes 355 persons who are in Hospital Isolation and Hospital Quarantine. The bulletin said that 722 samples have been sent for testing of which 659 have tested as negative and 15 reports are awaited till March 30, 2020.
According to the advisory issued by the government the bulletin said that globally, COVID-19 has impacted several lives and is steadily increasing its reach. "Government is taking necessary measures including imposition of lockdown to contain the spread of the virus to protect and safeguard the lives of people and it is therefore critical for each one of us to follow the advisories and take necessary precautions to break the chain of transmission of the disease," the advisory read.
People have been requested to stay indoors, strictly implement social distancing measures, disclose recent travel history to covid-19 affected countries / areas and report any contact with positive cases voluntarily. General public has been advised to avoid unnecessary visit to hospitals, in case anyone develops fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical advice promptly by calling on Covid-19 helpline numbers so that they can be provided correct medical advice and directed to the right health facility, if needed.
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