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Covid-19: Former union minister Namgyal turns ‘super spreader’

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His two daughters, 8 primary contacts test positive

Srinagar: The deceased Congress leader and the former union minister Phunsog Namgyal tested positive for the deadly virus a day after his death, but the damage was already done as many of his contacts had contracted the deadly virus. His two daughters and eight primary contacts tested positive for the Coronavirus while as 145 of his primary contacts have been put under quarantine.
The 83-year-old reached home ten days ago from Delhi after which his condition deteriorated. He passed away on Monday. But hundreds of people participated in his funeral and last rites as he was a known figure in the Union Territory given his decades- old stint as a Congress leader, music teacher and a spiritual leader as well.
A team of doctors had taken his samples the results of which came a day after his death. Almost all his contacts were prime suspects besides his family members, especially two daughters, who were taking care of him.
Today, Namgyal’s two daughters tested positive while as his 145 contacts, who had visited his home when the news about his death spread, officials said.
Medical Superintendent, Sonam Norboo Memorial (SNM) hospital Leh, Dr Tsering Samphel said that two daughters of former minister have tested positive for Coronavirus.
“A number of samples were collected from primary contacts of the deceased whose tests are awaited. So far, 145 primary suspects have been put under quarantine,” he said. He said eight close contacts of the deceased have already tested positive who have been kept in an isolation ward at SNM hospital in Leh”.
Deputy Commissioner Leh, Sachin Kumar has constituted a high level three member Committee to enquire into lapses in the protocol while handling Covid-19 suspect’s body and has sought report within two days for further course of action.
As per the protocol and guidelines issued by ministry of home affairs (MHA), the body of all the suspects must be kept in mortuary until the final sample reports are collected after which proper standard operating procedure (SOP) has to be followed for the burial/ last rites with attendance of very few people under close vigil of the administration. (KNO)

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