Over 50,000 people under surveillance
Srinagar: Over 50,000 people in Jammu and Kashmir most of them having travel history have been put under surveillance by the government.
The total number of positive Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir stand at 300, with 54 reported from the Jammu region while 246 are from Kashmir.
An official told that more than 50,000 travellers and those in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance.
“The Covid-19 outbreak surprised us all in a sense that a large chunk of people from Kashmir travel outside and abroad. The number is huge and it was unexpected. What troubled us is that majority of the travelers from Kashmir concealed their travel histories. With the efforts of administration, most of them have been traced and quarantined,” the official said.
In response to a question, the official said that tests are being conducted and there are sufficient testing kits. “There will be aggressive sampling in coming days. We want to lift over 800 samples per day and we will make it happen,” he said.
“It is good for all that those who are being tested positive are isolated. Testing is very important to contain the spread of Covid-19 outbreak,” he said.
“A couple of days ago we received 4,000 testing kits and more kits are on way.”
Among the 300 Covid-19 cases Srinagar has highest rate of active as well as recovery cases. 11 patients from Srinagar has recovered from this disease and at present there are 64 cases. 10 patients from North Kashmir’s Bandipora have also recovered followed by Shopian 2, Udhampur 4, Budgam and Jammu 3 while one patient each has recovered in Pulwama, Rajouri and Kishtwar.
Srinagar has 64 positive cases followed by Banipora 45, Baramulla 41, Kupwara 25, Shopian 12, Ganderbal 13, Budgam 8, Kulgam 5, Pulwama 2, Anantnag 1, Jammu 23, Udhampur 15, Rajouri 2 and Samba 4.
The official said that among the 300 positive cases, 260 are active, 36 have recovered and 4 have died due to this lethal infection. (KNT)