SRINAGAR: Thirteen people tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the total number of such cases in the Union Territory to 33, officials said.
Contacts of the fresh positive cases are being traced, they said.
Initial reports by Jammu and Kashmir spokesman Rohit Kansal, said seven positive cases had been confirmed with three of them having travel history outside Jammu and Kashmir. Later, the officials confirmed one more patient testing positive for the Coronavirus in Srinagar.
"Seven more positive cases in Srinagar today. Four cases had a history of contact with already positive cases of religious congregation while the other three had travel history outside J&K," government spokesman Rohit Kansal said.
"Tough to be harbinger of unpleasant news. But being informed is being prepared," he posted on Twitter.
Tough to be harbinger of unpleasant news. But being informed is being prepared. 7 more positive cases in Srinagar today. 4 cases- history of contact with already positive cases of religious congregation; other three- travel history outside J&K contacts being traced @diprjk.— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) March 28, 2020
In the evening, spokesman Rohit Kansal took to twitter to announce that five more had been tested positive, of which two were from Srinagar and three from Jammu. All five people were contacts of previously tested positive patients. The three in Jammu were asymptomatic.
#COVID19#J&K— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) March 28, 2020
Hardly do I finish my press briefing -28 cases-that I get more unpleasant news -5 new positive cases- 2 in Srinagar, 3 in Jammu- all contacts of previously positive ones ; All Jammu cases asymptomatic. We are at 33 now. @diprjk @HealthMedicalE1 @MoHFW_INDIA
Of the total 33 cases, 24 have reported in Kashmir, including one death case due to the infection, while nine are in Jammu region.
According to the Media bulletin on Novel Coronavirus, a total of 5,919 travellers and persons in contact with suspected or positive cases have been put under surveillance, 3,535 in home-quarantine (including facilities operated by the government), 227 in hospital quarantine and 1,525 in home surveillance across Jammu and Kashmir.
As many as 632 people have completed their 28 days' surveillance period, it said, adding 532 samples were sent for testing, of which 486 returned negative, while 28 positive (25 active, two recovered, one dead).
(With PTI inputs)