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Sources of contamination of all COVID-19 patients in Kashmir traced: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir

The five districts identified as hotspots include Bandipora, Baramullah, Kupwara, and Srinagar in Valley and Jammu district in Jammu division. The five districts have reported 80 percent of the cases recorded in J&K since March 9, when first case was recorded in Jammu.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2020, 12.21 PM IST
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The administration in Kashmir claims that they have identified sources of contamination of all positive cases in Valley
Jammu and Kashmir government has declared five districts across the Union Territory as hotspots of COVID-19 pandemic out of which four districts fall in the Kashmir Division as the number of total positive cases increased to 380.

The five districts identified as hotspots include Bandipora, Baramullah, Kupwara, and Srinagar in Valley and Jammu district in Jammu division. The five districts have reported 80 percent of the cases recorded in J&K since March 9, when first case was recorded in Jammu.

J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal informed that 324 cases were reported from Kashmir Valley while as 56 cases were reported from Jammu. The administration claims that 81 people have recovered and five persons died. Out of the 12 new cases reported on Tuesday, 11 were reported from Kashmir, which includes a doctor who was working on the frontline at a hospital in Baramullah of northern Kashmir.

The administration in Kashmir claims that they have identified sources of contamination of all positive cases in Valley however, some of the areas have seen increased number of cases like Gund Jehangir in Bandipora and Hirpora in Shopian, which hints at possible community spread of the virus. The government has identified 76 red zones in Kashmir and 14 red zones in Jammu, where stricter restrictions, surveillance and enhanced testing would be conducted.

“There is not even a single case in Kashmir, whose track or source of contamination we are not aware of. We have identified 5000 high risk contacts of positive cases and taken samples of around 3400 persons whose PCR based testing would be conducted,” Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir P K Pole told ET. These high risk contacts, Pole said have been put in quarantine and are under continuous surveillance.

The government has also started anti-body testing of low risk contacts in Red Zones and pregnant mothers, whose delivery is due this month of next month.

“We conduct around 700 tests daily and our capacity is up to 1000 tests. We are also starting third testing laboratory today at SKIMS hospital in Bemina, which will increase our testing capacity,” said Pole. The administration is also conducting door- to-door survey to check the extent of spread of the virus as well.
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