20 new COVID-19 cases in J&K, number of infected persons swell to 427

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Srinagar: With 20 more persons, including 19 from Kashmir and one from Jammu, testing positive for Coronavirus on Thursday, the total number of infected people has swelled to 427 in the Union Territory of J&K.

As many as 73 patients, including 71 from Kashmir and two from Jammu, were tested positive for the infection in the first four days of this week in J&K.

Strict restrictions on movement and assembly of people continued to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in Kashmir valley, where dozens of persons were arrested on Thursday to violate lockdown order while majority of the locals are voluntary staying indoors as the number of infected is going up rapidly.

An official on Thursday said that 19 more people tested positive for Coronavirus in Kashmir division while one new case was reported from Jammu.

With this, he said the total number of infected persons has risen to 427. “Out of 427 positive cases, 370 are in Kashmir and 57 are in Jammu,” he said, adding the infection has so far claimed five lives in the UT.

He said the new cases are from Ramban, Shopian, Kupwara, Budgam, Baramulla and Bandipora.
He said over 100 COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from hospital so far. ”The districts of Pulwama and Kishtwar have become COVID-19 free with three and one infected patients being cured successfully,” he added.

Confirming the development, J&K UT spokesperson Rohit Kansal said, ”20 new cases reported today. One from Jammu Division and 19 from Kashmir. Total now 427. Jammu-57 and Kashmir-370.”
Bandipora is the worst COVID-19 hit district in the Union Territory of J&K with about 100 positive cases and one death. Of these, over 36 per cent of positive cases have been reported from Dangerpora in Bandipora, prompting authorities to put about 150 people in hospital and administrative quarantine. The rest of the people from Dangerpora have been put in home quarantine.

Officials said that 80 Red Zones were identified in Kashmir Division and that such areas will remain red zones up to 42 days, unless no new positive case of COVID-19 is detected. ”If any new case is detected in these areas, then from that date, the area will again remain a red zone for another 42 days,” they added.
Fifty three, including 52 from Kashmir and one from Jammu, tested positive for Coronavirus in the first three days of this week. As many as 118 people, including 111 from Kashmir and seven from Jammu, were tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Meanwhile, 138 people, mostly from Kashmir, were tested positive for COVID-19 in J&K between April 6 and April 12. Thirty-three new positive cases, including 28 from Kashmir and three from Jammu, were reported on April 4 and April 5, making it one of the highest jumps in the COVID-19 infected persons in J&K.

J&K recorded first death due to COVID-19 on March 25, when a 65-year-old man from Hyderpora died due to the infection at Chest Disease Hospital. Then, on March 29, a 50-year-old man, a resident of Tangmarg, passed away at CD hospital.

Earlier this month, a 54-year-old Bandipora resident, who was tested positive for the infection, died at SMHS hospital. Later on April 8, a 61-year-old woman from Udhampur died at Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu. A 70-year-old patient died on April 17 due to Coronavirus in Kashmir valley.