Kashmir witnessed another record number of positive COVID-19 cases in a single day as 14 more persons, all from the Valley, tested positive on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in J&K to 106.
The 14 new cases from Kashmir tested positive at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar and Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar.
An official at SKIMS said the samples of five persons who tested positive at SKIMS are from GMC Baramulla, four are from Uri, one each from Budgam, Bandipora and one from Ganderbal.
Six other cases were tested at Viral Diagnostic and Research Lab (VDRL) of GMC, Srinagar including a couple from south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Even as lockdown continues, the number of confirmed cases for the coronavirus continues to go up as with last two days witnessing a record number of cases in the Valley.
As per the daily media bulletin of J&K government, a total of 33,503 travellers and persons in contact with suspect cases have been put under surveillance.
“A total of 10981 are in home quarantine, 100 in hospital isolation, 619 in hospital quarantine, and 16,237 in home surveillance,” the government said.
It said 5566 people had completed 28 days of surveillance period.
A total of 1551 samples have been sent for testing in J&K of which 1429 are negative and 106 positive while the reports of 16 are awaited.
With 14 new cases, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in J&K has soared to 106, which include 82 active cases from Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the Indian Council for Medical Research appealed people to refrain from consuming smokeless products and spitting at public places during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Take special care of elderly people in your family. Remind them to practice hand washing as often as possible. Make sure to tell them to cover their mouth and nose with bent elbow when they cough or sneeze,” it said.
Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid asked people to take precautions.
“Coronavirus threat looms over our head even though it may not always seem so. Please continue maintaining social distancing, wash your hands, and practice cough etiquette,” she tweeted.