First COVID-19 death in Kashmir, Positive cases touch 649 in India

Four other individuals who came in contact with the patient also tested positive

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On the second day of the 21-day lockdown, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has touched 649. Out of this, 602 are Indians and 47 are foreign nationals.

And today a 65-year-old man from Kashmir's Hyderpora village who died three days ago has tested positive for Covid-19, making it the first death in Kashmir. This took the death toll in Indie due to COVID-19 to 15.

The patient from Srinagar passed away at Chest Disease Hospital. Reportedly, four other individuals who came in contact with the patient also tested positive.

According to reports, the patient had a long medical history of hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. He had recently travelled to New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh where he was a part of the Tablighi Jamaat, attended by people from  Malaysia and Indonesia.

According to the Union Health Ministry, 43 people have recovered so far. Globally, there have been over 4.68 lakh confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 21,000 have people have succumbed to it so far.  Maharashtra has the highest tally with 125 cases in India

A high level meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was held at Nirman Bhawan, under the chairpersonship of Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare.

The GOM discussed about strengthening capacity of states, which need to devote adequate resources for creating dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, equipping the medical institutes with PPEs, ventilators and other essential equipment etc. States have been asked to ensure that essential services and supplies remain open. These include hospitals, medical shops and establishments engaged in manufacturing of medicines, vaccines, sanitizers, masks and medical devices. GoM was also informed that Gujarat, Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka, MP and J&K are setting up hospitals dedicated for the management of COVID-19.

A total of 118 laboratories have been included in the ICMR network of COVID19 testing. Highlighting the critical importance of social distancing as an effective strategy for prevention of COVID-19 and limiting the spread of the disease, Dr. Harsh Vardhan reiterated his appeal to all those who have are in home and facility quarantine about observing it according to the protocol laid down by the Health Ministry, and which is also available at the Ministry website.

“As announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister, the country has been put under lockdown. As part of this lockdown, we need to ensure that within our homes too we practice social distancing”, said Dr Harsh Vardhan. He further added that around 64,000 persons have arrived from other countries to India since 21st March, 2020 out of which 8,000 have been put in various quarantine facilities and 56,000 are in home isolation. “We are fighting an infectious disease. In order to protect ourselves and others, it is highly important that we follow all the protocols, guidelines and directions issued by the Government, failing which may lead to legal actions u/s 188 of IPC,” said he.

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