Coronavirus: Army Lieutenant, BSF Inspector, 2 CRPF men, journalist test positive

SRINAGAR: The Coronavirus spread further with 46 persons including five security personnel and four patients admitted in Orthopedics Department of the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu testing a positive taking number of COVID patients in the Jammu region during last two days to 98 and total to 337, reported Daily Excelsior.

According to report published by newspaper Daily Excelsior, with five more security personnel including an Army Lieutenant, a BSF Inspector, two soldiers from CRPF and an Army man testing positive on Monday in the region, a total of eight security men have become Corona patients during last two days as an Army Major and one each jawan of BSF and police had reported positive yesterday. Eleven Corona positives were treated and discharged Monday from the Chest Diseases Hospital, Bakshi Nagar.

A journalist from Press Trust of India (PTI) posted in New Delhi who had come to his house at Kanak Mandi in Jammu City on leave on May 22, has tested COVID positive. The 27-year old journalist was posted in PTI’s Mag Service in New Delhi and had come to meet his mother at Kanak Mandi Jammu on leave on May 22. He has been shifted to the Chest Diseases Hospital, Bakshi Nagar, said the report.

A 22-year old Army Lieutenant, who had returned from Dehradun, tested positive tonight for COVID-19 in Jammu. A 37-year old man from Muthi, 29-year old girl from Roop Nagar and 45-year old man from Jagti, Nagrota in Jammu district also tested positive for the virus. The 45-year old with travel history of New Delhi has become the third person of Jagti, Nagrota to test positive, the previous two being females.

Ramban district reported 29 COVID positive cases Monday, the highest for a single day in any district of Jammu region so far. Of them, 12 were travellers mostly students and 17 labourers, who had returned from different parts of the country in trains and buses and were under administrative quarantine at various centres.

Confirming 29 positive cases in a single day, District Magistrate Ramban Nazim Zia Khan said all of them were in quarantine centres and returnees from various States. They are being sent to the dedicated COVID hospitals.

Lt Col Inam Danish Khan, Qualified Specialist (Microbiology) in the Command Hospital Udhampur told the Excelsior that 34 samples were Monday tested positive for Coronavirus in the lab. The positives included 29 travellers and labourers from Ramban district and five from Reasi district, he said.

Four patients admitted in Emergency Ward of Orthopedics Department of the GMC Jammu as fracture cases have tested positive for Coronavirus, HoD Orthopedics Dr Sanjeev Gupta confirmed.

He said a total of five patients were admitted for surgeries of their fractures by the Orthopedics Department last Saturday. Their samples were taken for COVID before surgeries, he added and said, four of them tested positive for Coronavirus and were immediately shifted to Isolation Ward of the hospital.

“All of them hailed from different areas of Jammu,” newspaper Daily Excelsior reported Dr Gupta as having said.

GMC Medical Superintendent Dr Dara Singh said the Emergency Ward was closed for four hours after the patients were shifted to Isolation Ward and was sanitized and reopened later.

“A total of eight doctors, five Nurses and four Pharmacists, who had come in direct contact with the patients have been isolated and sent on quarantine and sampling,’’ Dr Singh said, adding the positive patients have been shifted to dedicated COVID Hospital of Gandhi Nagar. As most of them had no travel history, the doctors were ascertaining the source of their virus.

As soon as the report of four Orthopedic patients testing positive in the GMC Jammu came, one of the patients fled away from the hospital. Doctors immediately informed Bakshi Nagar police and teams led by SDPO Amit Sharma and SHO Karan Chalotra nabbed the patient and restored him to the hospital.

A PDD Lineman hailing from Marh and posted at Canal Road Office of Sub Division-II, Electric Division-III has tested COVID positive. The Association has decided that the office will remain closed from May 26-28 as both the Sub Division Offices are in the same building complex. The Linemen will work with their routine shift.

Meanwhile, two CRPF personnel posted in 84 and 187 battalions and residents of Lower Meer, Panchairi and Ladana in Udhampur district have tested positive for Coronavirus on Monday. The 84 battalion jawan is posted at Satwari Chatha in Jammu and had travel history of Gurugram in Haryana. Both of them were shifted to Hospitals after their resports came positive.

An Army soldier from Itawa in Madhya Pradesh posted at Corps Battle School (CBS) Doda, who was under administrative quarantine at Bhadarwah, Monday also tested Corona positive and has been shifted to the Military Hospital Udhampur.

A BSF Inspector deployed in 72 battalions at Khanetar Nallah in Poonch district, who had returned from New Delhi after leave and was under quarantine, has tested positive for COVID-19. A 28-year old youth of Arai, Mandi in Poonch district with travel history of New Delhi too has tested Corona positive.

SSP Poonch Ramesh Angral said the Corona positives have been shifted to hospital under the due protocol.

Five Reasi district positive cases included 28-year-old male from Bagankote, Chassana, 20 years old female from Chassana, 22 years old male from Dandakot Chassana, 36 years old male from Aghar Jitto and 21 years old male from village Karua. They had travel history of New Delhi and Rajasthan and were under administrative quarantine at Navodya Vidyalaya, Kotli Manotrian in Katra town of Reasi district.


With 46 new cases and 11 recoveries, Jammu now has 337 total Corona cases. There have been 86 recoveries and three deaths, reported Daily Excelsior.

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