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Tally of Covid-19 infected crosses 5000 in J&K

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163 fresh cases include 10 CRPF personnel, five policemen

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 163 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the number of people infected with the coronavirus past the 5,000-mark in the Union Territory, officials said.

Among the 163 fresh cases, 28 are from Jammu and 135 from the Kashmir region, they added.

The fresh cases include 32 people who returned to the Union Territory recently, the officials said.

Shopian district in south Kashmir reported the highest number of 45 cases, followed by the neighbouring Pulwama (33 cases), they added.

Five districts — Ganderbal, Ramban, Poonch, Reasi and Kishtwar — had no fresh cases, the officials said.

With the fresh cases, the number of people infected with the coronavirus climbed to 5,041 in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Of them, 3,878 are in Kashmir, while 1,163 are in the Jammu region,” one of the officials said.

There are 2,593 active COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory currently — 1,848 in Kashmir and 745 in Jammu — while 2,389 patients have recovered from the disease, they said.

The Union Territory has witnessed 59 COVID-19 related deaths so far.

Meanwhile, 10 CRPF personnel and five Jammu and Kashmir policemen tested positive for COVID-19 in the Union Territory on Sunday, officials said.

While five policemen are from Shopian district police lines, 10 CRPF personnel were from different battalions posted in south Kashmir, they said.

The officials said their tests were undertaken at SKIMS laboratory here and were among 92 positive cases in total detected at the laboratory on Sunday.

None of these troopers or policemen had any recent travel history, they said.

The contact tracing of the COVID positive CRPF personnel and policemen has been started so that they can be quarantined, the officials said.

This is the third time in the last five days that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have tested positive for coronavirus.

On June 10, 28 CRPF personnel had tested positive, while 24 of them tested positive on Saturday. A 40-year-old CRPF personnel, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died at a hospital here on June 08.

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