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2,769 fresh COVID-19 cases, 37 deaths reported in J&K

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84 inmates test positive for COVID -19 at district jail Kupwara

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 2,769 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 2,81,628 in the Union territory,  while deaths in the past 24 hours took the death toll to 3,739, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 1,805 were reported from Kashmir Valley and 964 cases were reported from the Jammu division.

The officials said Jammu district recorded the highest number of 384 cases followed by 377 cases in Srinagar district and 260 in Baramulla district.

Of the 37 COVID-19 deaths, 24 were reported from Jammu division and 13 from Kashmir Valley, they said.

They also said that 4352 COVID-19 patients have recovered — 2592 from Kashmir Valley and 1760 from Jammu division — have been discharged from various hospitals during the past 24 hours.

According to the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 2,81,628 positive cases recorded cumulatively thus far, 42,272 are currently active positive across the UT, while 2,35,617 have recovered so far and 3739 have died — 1931 in Kashmir Valley and 1808 in Jammu division.

The bulletin further said that out of 84,03,522 test results available, 81,21,894 samples have been tested negative till May 27, 2021.

Till date 20,58,592 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 78,768 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by the government, 42,272 in isolation and 1,43,767in home surveillance while 17,90,046 persons have completed their surveillance period, the bulletin said.

Meanwhile, at least 84 inmates at the District Jail Kupwara have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus so far and six are stated to have recovered while the officials claimed that all the required facilities including proper isolation have been ensured for them.

Officials said that 20 cases were detected earlier, while 64 more inmates tested positive on Thursday.

News agency KNO quoted the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) District Jail Kupwara Shahbaz Hussain as saying that a total of 270 inmates — only men — are lodged there and all the facilities required for positive patients have been ensured.

“A total of 20 inmates had tested positive earlier of which six have recovered while 64 more tested positive today (Thursday),” he said.

He maintained that all the required facilities are available for the positive patients besides the medical team comes to the jail premises for tests while a separate block has been prepared for the patients.

Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Nodal Officer for Covid-19, said that a total of 84 jail inmates have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the District Jail Kupwara till Thursday.

He said that the tests of all the jail inmates are done within the premises and positive cases are immediately isolated in a designated facility. He said a total of 256 RT-PCR tests were conducted on Wednesday.

“I have communicated with the concerned officials at district jail who have assured all the required facilities including proper isolation for all those who tested positive on Thursday,” he said.

About the earlier 20 positive cases the nodal officer said “all the earlier positive patients will undergo a re-test in a day or two and hopefully all of them may have recovered.”

He informed that sufficient isolation beds have been prepared there besides all the jail inmates were made to undergo the Covid-19 test.

An official at the Covid control room said that samples under Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) were collected from the jail inmates on May 16 and the repeated RT-PCR test was done on May 24, in which all the 20 positive patients were detected positive again.

He said that no report of any jail inmate is awaited since results are received regularly on a daily basis.

Notably, till Wednesday, Kupwara district reported a total of 11,131 cases of which 9,160 have recovered and 138 have died. Currently there are 1833 positive cases in the district.

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