Kashmir reports first coronavirus death, toll in India rises to 141 min read . Updated: 26 Mar 2020, 11:51 AM IST
- On Wednesday, four people were tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir
- India has so far reported 14 deaths across the various parts of the country
A 65-year-old man in Srinagar passed away due to coronavirus infection today, taking the total death toll in the country to 11. This is the first death reported from Jammu and Kashmir.
On Wednesday, four people were tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir. The total number of coronavirus positive cases stands at 11. All of them had come in contact with the patient who died in Srinagar today, Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary (Planning Commission) Rohit Kansal said.
On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu witnessed its first coronavirus death after a 54-year-old man died in Madurai. Deaths were reported from various parts of the country including Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab and Tamil Nadu.
A total of 5,124 travellers and people who came in contact with suspected and positive coronavirus cases were under surveillance, according to the Jammu and Kashmir government bulletin on Wednesday. Among them 3,061 are in home quarantine (including facilities operated by the government), 80 in hospital quarantine and 1,477 in home surveillance.
As many as 506 people have completed their 28-day surveillance period, it said. While 326 samples have been sent for testing, 294 tested negative, 11 were positive including one patient who recovered. Reports of 21 are awaited, it added.
"For heaven's sake stay at homes and report to designated hospitals if you have symptoms/travel history. Consult on phone before visiting hospital. Please. Spread the word," said Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary, Srinagar, Deputy Commissioner.
Jammu and Kashmir authorities announced a slew of measures to mitigate the hardship faced by the common man amid coronavirus outbreak. All the retired employees will get one month's pension in advance, said Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council. The Council had also decided to release advance ration for April and May to all ration card holders. One month's ration for mid-day Meals would also be distributed in advance among the parents of eligible children.
Each worker registered with the Building & Construction Workers Welfare Board in Jammu and Kashmir will get ₹1,000, announced Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary (Planning Commission) Rohit Kansal. There are 3.5 workers who will get the benefit of this scheme amid nationwide lockdown,