Srinagar, April 14: Eight more persons, including six from Kashmir and two from Jammu, tested positive for Coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the total number of infected people to 278 in the Union Territory of J&K.
However, as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to swell with each passing day, there was some good as 14 patients, who were tested for COVID-19 last month, were discharged on Tuesday after being treated successfully.
Authorities have completely sealed ‘Red Zone’ areas to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the summer capital, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley, where strict restrictions on movement and assembly of people continued for the 26th day on Tuesday.
Official sources on Tuesday said that six more people tested positive for Coronavirus in Kashmir division while two new cases were reported from Jammu.
With this, they said the total number of infected persons has risen to 278. “Out of 270 positive cases, 228 are in Kashmir and 50 are in Jammu,” they said.
As many as 252 are ‘Active Positive’, 22 have recovered and four died in J&K.
Confirming the figures, J&K administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal said, “For now our luck seems to be holding!!! 8 new cases, 14 recoveries. New cases- 06 from Kashmir and 02 from Jammu Division.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the nation-wide lockdown till May 3 to curtail the spread of Coronavirus. He said this during his address to the national on Tuesday morning.
Srinagar is the worst affected district in the Union Territory of J&K as it has recorded about 27 per cent of the total 252 active positive cases, besides one death so far. Following the surge in the COVID-19 cases, all roads leading to areas, which were declared as ‘Red Zones’ after several COVID-19 positive cases surfaced from there, have been permanently sealed with solid blocks and iron rods till further orders.
Twenty five people, all from Kashmir, tested positive for Coronavirus on Monday. As many as 138 people, mostly from Kashmir, were tested positive for COVID-19 in J&K last week. Thirty-three new positive cases, including 28 from Kashmir and three from Jammu, were reported on April 4 and April 5, making it one of the highest jumps in the COVID-19 infected persons in J&K.
Eight persons, including five from Jammu and three from Kashmir, were tested positive for COVAID-19 on April 9 while the number jumped by five on April 10. Six persons were tested positive for COVID-19 on April 7 while seven other cases were reported on April 8. As many as 11 persons, including eight in Kashmir and three in Jammu, tested positive for COVID-19 in J&K on April 6. The positive case reportedly includes a doctor in Jammu.
A 62-year-old man died at a government hospital less than 12 hours after being tested positive for Coronavirus in Kashmir valley on March 29, when five persons were tested positive for the infection. So far, two persons have died due to the infection while as many have been successfully treated. As many as 12 positive Coronavirus cases was recorded in J&K in a single day on March 28, triggering panic among locals despite assurance by administration that they are fully prepared to curtail the infection.
On March 27, two patients are from Chattabal while two others from Bemina in Srinagar were tested positive for Coronavirus. Two minor siblings also from Srinagar were tested positive for Coronavirus on March 26, when a 65-year-old Hyderpora resident became the first person to die due to deadly infection in J&K. On March 25, four persons, who had met the 65-year-old patient during an event in the valley, were tested positive for Coronavirus.