Kashmir reports first fatality due to coronavirus
A 65-year-old man hailing from Hyderpora area has died. Four people had tested positive for coronavirus in J-K on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases in the region to 11.
Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reported its first coronavirus fatality -- a 65-year-old man hailing from Hyderpora area. So far, the death toll from the pandemic in India stands at 10.
Sharing the news on social media, Mayor of Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu tweeted:
As we share the sad news of our first #Covid19 fatality, my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. We stand with you and share your grief.— Mayor of Srinagar (@MayorofS) March 26, 2020
I also salute the brave doctors at CD Hospital for their efforts.
Let’s do our bit and help #BreakTheChain and #StayHomeStaySafe.
Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal also confirmed the death via Twitter.
#COVID19#JammuAndKashmir— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) March 26, 2020
Sad News : First death due to Coronavirus- 65 years old Male from Hyderpora Srinagar. Four of his contacts also tested positive yesyerday. @diprjk @MoHFW_INDIA @HealthMedicalE1
Four people had tested positive for coronavirus in J-K on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases to 11.
Authorities in Kashmir have expressed apprehensions that the cases could be more than reported in the Valley as a significant number of people appeared to have concealed their travel history.
As per a government bulletin on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 5,124 travellers and people who came in contact with suspected and positive cases have been put under surveillance.
Among them 3,061 are in home quarantine (including facilities operated by the government), 80 in hospital quarantine and 1,477 in home surveillance.
Restrictions on movement imposed in Kashmir to prevent the spread of coronavirus were tightened on Wednesday.
The number of total novel coronavirus cases reported in India has climbed to 606, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a country-wide lockdown from Wednesday. The 606 positive cases include 43 foreign nationals, according to the Health Ministry.