6 more test positive in J&K, total is 55

Six more cases have turned out COVID-19 positive in Kashmir taking the number to 55 in the union territory.

“6 new positive cases confirmed in Kashmir Division. All contacts of previous positive cases. Meanwhile contact tracing continues in both Jammu and Kashmir Divisions. Please cooperate,” senior bureaucrat and the government spokesman Rohit Kansal tweeted.

One of the patients is a 10-year-old boy, who had come in close contact with a person who had tested positive earlier.

 Two of the 55 patients have died and two others have recovered.

Around twelve thousand persons have been isolated  in quarantine facilities across the region or at their homes. 

Father of the ten year old has complained of negligence by the doctors and blames them for bringing his son into contact with a person on March 23 who was COVID-19 positive. He says his son developed symptoms on March 28. 

Meanwhile, the administration is racing against time to trace the contacts of the infected persons and increase testing. So far, tests have been carried out on 722 persons which may not be enough to keep up with the rate of potential infections in the UT.