Coronavirus: 204 fresh cases surface in J&K, tally 6966

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SRINAGAR — 33 paramilitary CRPF and BSF personnel, besides two Army soldiers were among 204 fresh cases of novel coronavirus reported in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

The fresh cases which also include 15 returnees from Kyrgyzstan take the overall number of COVID-19 infections reported in J&K so far to 6966.

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Giving district-wise details, officials said that 52 cases were reported from Baramulla followed by Srinagar (49), Shopian (26), Pulwama (20), Budgam (13), Kupwara (9), Kulgam (8), Anantnag (6), four each in Bandipora and Ganderbal, three each in Rajouri and Jammu, two each in Udhampur, Ramban and Kishtwar, besides Samba (1).

The cases include 31 from 44 battalion CRPF HMT Srinagar, two from 102 battalion BSF Trehgam Kupwara, two soldiers from BB Cantt Srinagar, 6-month-old baby, and three other minors (08, 05, 05), besides several service providers and shopkeepers.

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Out of the total cases, 109 were confirmed at viral diagnostic lab of SKIMS, Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer for Coronavirus Control Measures at the tertiary care hospital, said.

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, said that among the positive cases, 33 are from CRPF and BSF Battalions, 21 from Shopian, 17 from Pulwama, seven from Kupwara, six each from Anantnag and Srinagar, five each from Kulgam and Baramulla, four from Budgam, two from Bandipora and one each from Karnah, Poonch and Doda.

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He said sixteen among those pertained to 815 samples received from Srinagar airport on June 26 and include four from Srinagar, three from Budgam, two each from Baramulla and Kupwara and one each from Bandipora, Anantnag, Kulgam, Poonch and Doda.

Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina, said that out of 539 samples processed at the hospital’s lab, 13 tested positive for COVID-19 with ten from Budgam and three from Srinagar.

Meanwhile, officials said that 145 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals, 58 from Jammu Division and 87 from Kashmir Division.

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