Woman Tests Positive To Coronavirus, 669 Under Lens


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SRINAGAR – The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory administration said Monday that a woman has tested positive for the coronavirus infection, even as 669 people have been put under surveillance.

“One woman who returned from Iran has tested positive,” Dr Shafaqat Khan, Nodal Officer, coronavirus control Jammu and Kashmir said.

J&K’s Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said that the woman has contacted 19 persons who have now been put under surveillance and are being quarantined.

An official handout issued here this evening said that till now, 669 people in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance. 460 of them have been in Home Quarantine (including 20 at Yatri Bhawan, Jammu), 08 in Hospital Quarantine, 55 in home surveillance, 146 completed their 28 days surveillance period. Of the 55 samples, 26 tested negative, one positive while those of 28 are awaited.

Government has also said that elaborate arrangements have been made in Srinagar as part of measures to prevent spread of coronavirus

“Beefed up screening at airport and elsewhere, tens of surveillance teams, 30 quarantine and 4 isolation facilities, testing facility at SKIMS among a range of measures put in place,” an official spokesperson said.

“The suspected cases will be shifted to quarantine facilities which have been set up across the district. These facilities have been set up at different private hospitals and nursing homes in addition to healthcare centres located in different health zones of the district,” the official spokesperson added.

The official spokesperson said that twelve hotels located at two different areas have also been earmarked as quarantine facilities to be used if required.

He said that the administration has also set up isolation facilities where the affected or positive cases will be admitted for treatment. These have been set up at SKIMS Soura, SMHS, CD Hospital and SKIMS Bemina.

“The government has also made a testing facility available at SKIMS Soura. The facility which was made operational today will be a significant help as it will help detect cases quickly and help in overall assessment of the health situation,” the spokesperson said.

Last week the administration in the district also reached out to mosques and shrines in the district.

Meanwhile inspection drives are underway across the district to check availability and pricing of personal protective equipment. Chemists and other such stores were inspected and fined across all seven tehsils of the district under strict instructions of the DC.

41 Budgam Residents Return From Iran, China;  23 People Quarantined, 18 More to Undergo: CMO

As many as 41 residents of Budgam have returned from coronavirus hit Iran and China and most of them have been quarantined by the district authorities, officials said Monday.

“23 people have been quarantined after their return from Iran and China last month and all of them have tested negative. The remaining 18 people will be quarantined though they have not shown any symptoms of the deadly infection,” CMO Budgam Dr Nazir Ahmad told Kashmir Observer today.

Meanwhile, District Development Commissioner (DDC), Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganai today chaired a meeting to review preparedness for Coronavirus threat.

The meeting was informed that 5 groups comprising of 160 pilgrims from Budgam are expected to reach Budgam from various countries will also be quarantined besides students who are returning from Iran and China will also be taken to isolation wards for proper check-up.

He instructed CMO to establish a control room with a landline phone facility at CMO Office immediately and ensure all quarantine facilities are available and ready for suspected persons.

The meeting among others was attended by CMO Budgam Dr Nazir Ahmad, SDMs, DIO, Tajamul Yousuf, all BMOs, senior medicos and other concerned officers and officials.


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