139 new Covid-19 cases reported in J&K
Octogenarian Pattan resident's sample returns positive 5 days after his death
Srinagar : Government on Wednesday informed that 139 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 30 from Jammu division and 109 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 2857.
Moreover, 54 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, one from Jammu division and 53 from Kashmir division.
According to the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 2857 positive cases, 1816 are active positive, 1007 have recovered and 34 have died; four in Jammu division and 30 in Kashmir division.
The bulletin further said that out of 189364 test results available, 186507 samples have been tested as negative till June 03, 2020.
Additionally, till date 193145 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 44389 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 45 in hospital quarantine, 1816 in hospital isolation and 53639 under home surveillance. Besides, 93222 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Meanwhile, five days after his death and subsequent burial, the samples of an 86-year-old man from Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district returned positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the death toll due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to 34.
Quoting official sources, news agency GNS reported that the octogenarian, died on May 29 and his sample was taken at the local Community Health Centre.
The authorities had allowed the burial of the elderly as per Covid-19 protocol after his family agreed to it, sources said. His sample report returned positive at CD hospital diagnostic laboratory today.
Confirming it, Deputy Commissioner Baramula said the man had died on way to CHC Pattan. “They (concerned officials) had taken a decision to allow family to bury him as per Covid-19 protocol after (family) agreed to it,” he said.
With this latest fatality, the death toll due to the virus in J&K has gone upto 34.
However, relatives and neigbhours of the deceased contradicted the DC Baramulla’s statement saying they were not asked to follow Covid-19 burial protocol as none from the administration suggested so.
So far Srinagar district and Baramulla have reported highest number of the fatalities— seven each, followed by Anantnag five, Kulgam four, two each from Shopian, Budgam and Jammu while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Kupwara Doda and Udhampur.