Kashmir reported its first demise linked to the COVID-19 virus immediately – a 65-year-old man from Hyderpora village who died three days in the past on the Government Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar has examined constructive for the virus.
“As we share the sad news of our first COVID-19 fatality, my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. We stand with you and share your grief,” Junaid Azim Mattu, the Srinagar mayor tweeted.
“I also salute the brave doctors at Chest Disease Hospital for their efforts. Let us do our bit and help break the chain and stay home, stay safe,” he added.
As we share the unhappy information of our first #Covid19 fatality, my coronary heart goes out to the household of the deceased. We stand with you and share your grief.
I additionally salute the courageous docs at CD Hospital for his or her efforts.
— Mayor of Srinagar (@MayorofS) March 26, 2020
Four others who got here in touch with the person who died additionally examined constructive on Wednesday and have been quarantined, as have over 70 others, together with seven docs. The complete variety of lively COVID-19 instances in Jammu and Kashmir is now 11
Authorities in Kashmir have expressed apprehensions that the variety of instances may very well be greater than reported as a major variety of folks appeared to have hid their journey historical past.
Over 5,124 travellers and individuals who got here in touch with suspected and constructive instances have been put below surveillance. Among them 3,061 are in house quarantine (in amenities operated by the federal government), 80 in hospital quarantine and 1,477 below house surveillance.
However, solely round 300 instances have been despatched for testing to this point.
The COVID-19 virus has contaminated over 600 folks throughout the nation and been linked to the deaths of a minimum of 11 folks, together with three in Maharashtra – the worst-hit state with 125 lively instances.
The nation entered a “total lockdown” on Wednesday, as ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to halt the unfold of the virus. “Forget about stepping out of your homes for the next 21 days,” the Prime Minister stated in a televised handle to the nation the day earlier than.
The announcement was adopted by states and union territories locking down and imposing a curfew.
In Kashmir restrictions have been imposed on motion and strict authorized motion initiated in opposition to those that violated them. Security forces have sealed off a number of roads in Srinagar metropolis and erected boundaries throughout others within the Valley to implement the lockdown.
Police have filed greater than 200 FIRS (first info studies) in opposition to violators.
The administration has additionally imposed Section 144 to ban giant gatherings and urge folks to observe social distancing – avoiding shut contact with others because the virus spreads by means of droplets from an contaminated individual’s cough or sneeze.
Worldwide the virus, which originated in China’s Wuhan district in December final yr, has killed greater than 16,300 and contaminated over 3.75 lakh others.