Srinagar | Jagran News Desk: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reported it first death due to the novel coronavirus after a 65-year-old man passed away at a hospital in Srinagar, taking India's death toll to 13, said the officials while adding that the man tested positive for the infection two days ago and had concealed his travel history.

"A 65-year-old man from Hyderpora, Srinagar passes away due to the deadly coronavirus. Four of his contacts also tested positive yesterday," Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary (Planning Commission) Rohit Kansal said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

With this, India's death toll due to the novel coronavirus has reached 13. Meanwhile, the deadly virus has affected more than 600 people in the country.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 11 after four person, tested positive for the infection on Wednesday.

The authorities, however, have expressed apprehensions that the cases could be more than reported in the Valley as a significant number of people appeared to have concealed their travel history.          

"Four new positive cases have been reported from Kashmir. All of them are from Bandipora district," Director of National Health Mission Bhupinder Singh said, as quoted by news agency PTI.

According to a government report, 5,124 travellers and people who came in contact with suspected and positive cases have been put under surveillance.

Among them 3,061 are in home quarantine (including facilities operated by the government), 80 in hospital quarantine and 1,477 in home surveillance.  

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The administration has also imposed restrictions on the movement of traffic to prevent the spread of coronavirus and are also urging people to stay at their houses during the 21-day nation-wide lockdown.

The officials have also registered 218 FIRs against people who violated the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Forty-nine people were arrested in Srinagar, Sopore, Handwara and Anantnag areas of the Valley for violating the prohibitory orders on Monday, while 45 were arrested in Ganderbal and Kupwara districts on Tuesday, the officials said.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma