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Kashmir records three positive cases

Kashmir records three positive cases
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Srinagar: Three men — one with travel history to Saudi Arabia and two others to two Indian states– have tested positive for coronovirus disease in Srinagar, taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to seven.

“Three more cases reported positive in Srinagar. One has confirmed travel history outside India. Full details regarding the second being ascertained,” government spokesman Rohit Kansal said in a tweet.

Officials said that one of them aged 57 had recent travelled to Saudi Arabia. He had returned to Kashmir on March 16, the same day a woman from Khanyar became the first coronavirus positive patient in Kashmir.

The other person aged 65 had travelled to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and returned to Kashmir via Delhi, they said.

The third person, a 22-year-old from Bandipora is a student and had arrived in the valley few days back.

A senior doctor at SKIMS said that test sample of one person, admitted in GMC Baramulla, came out to be positive.

“His sample had been sent to SKIMS for test and it came out to be positive,” the doctor said, adding, “The patient is said to have come from outside J&K three days ago.” 

As of now, four persons have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kashmir Valley while the tally of such patients in the entire J&K has gone up to 7. Three cases were reported from Jammu earlier this month. The government informed that one among the patients has recovered.

With the fresh cases, the number of coronavirus positive cases in Srinagar City alone has gone up to three while the total number of infected persons in the union territory rose to seven.

SKIMS Director A G Ahangar said a sample which had come from government medical college Baramulla for testing tested positive on Tuesday.

He said there were now four positive coronavirus cases in the Kashmir Valley.

To prevent further spread of the virus, the administration in Jammu and Kashmir has enforced a lockdown across the union territory till March 31.

Curfew-like restrictions have been put in place in Kashmir to ensure that the unnecessary movement of the people is curbed.

More than 4,000 people are under self-isolation or in various quarantine facilities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the 67-year-old woman, the first coronavirus patient reported in the Kashmir valley, has been successfully treated, officials said.

The resident of Khanyar area of the city had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16 after performing ‘Umrah’ (pilgrimage) and tested positive for coronavirus two days later.

“Srinagar’s first COVID-19 Positive case successfully treated: Director SKIMS. Let’s #BreakTheChain,” Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary tweeted. (PTI)



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