MIRPUR: The confirmed coronavirus cases in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Monday surged to 68 with nine new patients tested positive for COVID-19 during the last 24 hours.
According to the AJK Health Department, eight of new corona patients belonged to Kotli district and one to Bagh district.
About 35 coronavirus patients had so far discharged after complete recovery while 33 were still under treatment, including eight each at District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Kotli and Combined Military Hospital Rawalakot, two each at DHQ Hospital Bagh and Tehsil Headquarter Hospital Dadayal (Mirpur), seven at DHQ Hospital Palandri and six at State Isolation Center Muzaffarabad.
Meanwhile, 22 new suspects were tested for the coronavirus on Monday. Samples of total 1,713 suspects from across the AJK were sent for test till Monday, of whom the results of 1,608 tests received and of 105 awaited.
However, 35 of this number have recovered the disease and no death has occurred so for. A family of five members and their three relatives from Sargoda were tested positive in Sarsawa area of Kotli district that had travel from Sargoda for the burial of family head, Dr. Najeeb Naqi, Minister Health told APP.
“The family head died in Sargoda and they brought the body for burial in Sarsawa having a death certificate mentioning the cause of death as heart attack issued by Sargoda Hospital,” Commissioner Mirpur division Chaudhary Raqeeb said, adding, the family and relatives from Sargoda were quarantined on April 20.