Twenty-five new cases in Kashmir, tally mounts to 639 in J&K

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Srinagar: The Coronavirus cases continued to rise unabated in Jammu and Kashmir as 25 more persons from Kashmir tested positive for the virus on Friday, taking the total number of infected people to 639 in the Union Territory.
With this, 116 new people, including 115 from Kashmir and one from Jammu, tested for the virus in the first five days of this week in J&K.
However, there are only six active positive cases in Jammu, where test result of other COVID-19 patients have come as negative.
An official on Friday said that 25 more people tested positive for Coronavirus in Kashmir division while no new case was reported from Jammu.
With this, he said the total number of infected persons has risen to 639. “Out of 639 positive cases, 581 are in Kashmir and 58 are in Jammu,” he said.
He said the total active positive cases in the UT stand at 384, including 378 from Kashmir and six from Jammu.
He said 31 COVID-19 patients from Kashmir discharged on Friday after being treated successfully. “As many as 247 positive patients were treated and discharged successfully so far,” he said.
J&K UT spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that the number of recovered patients is overtaking the number of new cases in J&K.
Strict restrictions on movement and assembly of people to curtail the spread of Coronavirus continued even as most of the people preferred to stay indoors in view of sudden spike in fresh cases in Kashmir valley, where the lockdown entered 44th day on Friday.
Eight people have so far lost their lives latest being an 80-year-old woman who died in a hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday due to the infection.
Bandipora continues to remain the worst COVID-19 hit district in the Union Territory of J&K with 127 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.
An alarming number of 168 people were tested positive for the infection last week. As many as 118 people, including 111 from Kashmir and seven from Jammu, were tested positive for COVID-19 between April 13 and April 19. 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 last 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.
An elderly man, a resident of Baramulla, on April 18 died due to Coronavirus in Kashmir valley. A pregnant woman, who died at a hospital in Anantnag on Saturday, tested positive on April 26.