Crescent Kashmir

Stray cases put admn in fix

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Even as all 10 districts of the Jammu region have been excluded from the list of the “hotspot districts”, the stray positive cases of coronavirus have put the authorities in a fix while giving relaxation vis-a-vis restrictions imposed in the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.

On Friday night, two fresh positive cases were reported from the Ghagwal area of Samba district, which was recently declared corona-free after the successful treatment of its all four patients. The duo had travel history from outside the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, a 46-year-old teacher associated with the Tablighi Jamaat was tested positive in the Mahore area of Reasi district on April 26. This was the first case in the district.

Similarly, Ramban district had reported its first case on April 23, while a man with travel history was tested positive in Chaan Khatrian village in the Hiranagar sub-division of Kathua district on April 21.

“In all recent cases, there was a travel history of all infected persons. No doubt, the situation has improved significantly in Jammu province, but there is no room for any complacency. The administration can’t take chances while thinking about relaxation in lockdown 3.0,” said a senior official who declined to be named.

The official said, “Stray positive cases are turning out to be major obstacles for authorities to plan for some kind of relief in terms of restoration of economic activities in the region”.

Pertinently, the Jammu region has recorded a total of 60 positive cases so far, at least 51 of whom have recovered and discharged from hospitals, while there has been one death in the region, leaving only eight active cases there.

Jammu and Udhampur districts, which had witnessed maximum cases in the region and were hotspot districts in the previous list, have been taken off from red zone and were listed in the orange zone category now following the recovery of a majority of the patients there.

All 26 corona positive cases in Jammu district have been successfully treated by the doctors and discharged from the hospitals. Only two Covid-19 cases are left in Udhampur district out of 20.

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