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COVID: Highest ever spike since coronavirus outbreak in JK, 620 test positive in 24 hours

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Sunday recorded the first Covid death of a non-local while as a record number of 620 cases were tested positive for the deadly virus in the past 24 hours triggering a fresh wave of fear and panic across the UT.

The 620 new cases include 60 pregnant women, 24 health workers, three prisoners and many security forces personnel. The total number of cases in UT have climbed 4087 while as death toll due to COVID pandemic has reached 41 of which 36 including a non-local has been recorded in Kashmir and five in Jammu region.

Officials told said that among new 620 new cases, 58 were tested positive at SKIMS, over 500 at CD hospital, 3 at JVC Bemina, 8 at army’s command hospital Udhampur and rest at other hospitals.

Among 620 new cases, 583 belong to Kashmir division while as 37 are from Jammu division, officials said, adding that the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division has reached to 3198 including 1016 recoveries and 36 deaths while as total number of positive cases in Jammu division has reached to 889 including 200 recoveries and 5 deaths.

The officials said that total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 2830 including 2146 from Kashmir division and 684 from Jammu division.

Cases tested positive in J&K include 59 from Anantnag, 161 from Kulgam, 87 from Srinagar, 18 from Budgam, 7 from Kupwara, 24 from Shopian, 132 from Baramulla, 21 from Bandipora, 60 from Pulwama and 14 from Ganderbal in Kashmir division while as 37 from Jammu division include include 22  from Jammu, 1 each from Poonch and Udhampur, , 2 each from Kuthua and Samba, 4 from Rajouri and 5 from Doda.

Dr G H Yatoo Nodal officer for covid-19 at SKIMS said that out of 2861 samples tested at the virology Lab 58 were tested positive. The positive cases include 33 from Baramulla, 07 from Anantnag, 06 from Kupwara, 05 from Kulgam, 03 each from Srinagar and Budgam and one from Shopian.

Officials from JVC Bemina said that out of 493 samples tested at the hospital, 3 were tested positive including a 32 year old female from Chatabal and 34 and 38 year old males from Budgam. Lt Col Inam Danish Khan from Army’s Command Hospital Udhampur said that out 8 samples were tested positive at the hospital including 4 each from Kishtiwar and Doda.

Officials from CD hospital said that Saturday late night 253 samples were tested positive at the hospital including over a dozen health workers and over 50 pregnant ladies. They said that on Sunday 283 samples were tested positive at the hospital which includes 9 policemen, 3 prisoners, around 30 health workers besides 9 pregnant ladies.

Meanwhile, with the death of a non-local resident, the death toll of covid-19 positive patients in Jammu and Kashmir has reached to 41 including 36 from Kashmir division (including a non-J&K resident) and five from Jammu.

The 38-year-old, a resident of Kolkata, and a tailor by profession died late night yesterday at SMHS hospital Srinagar and his samples tested positive for the Covid-19 today.


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