March 18, 2020 11:20 pm

2 More Test Positive In Ladakh, Toll Reaches 8

Sonam Nurboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital - File Pic

Srinagar - The newly carved Union Territory of Ladakh on Wednesday recorded two more cases of Covid-19, taking the number of infected people to eight

34-year-old soldier of Ladakh Scout regiment tested positive for the virus after he came in contact with his father, who had returned from a pilgrimage in Iran by an Air India flight on February 20 and tested positive for COVID-19, PTI reported.

A resident of Chuhot village in Leh, the soldier was on leave from February 25 and rejoined duty on March 2, sources said, adding he was quarantined on March 7 and tested positive on March 16. Even the soldier's brother has tested positive.

The soldier has been isolated at the Sonam Nurboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital. His sister, wife and two children are also quarantined at SNM Heart Foundation.

“Even though the soldier had rejoined duty, he was helping his family during his father’s quarantine period and stayed at Chuchot village for some time,” they said.

Sources said all those who have come in contact with the soldier have been quarantined but did not give the exact numbers immediately.

Quoting Commissioner Secretary Ladakh and official spokesperson Rigzin Samphel, a local news agency reported that out of 34 reports received today, two have tested positive to the infection.

"They are the wife and son of a patient, who was already tested positive," he said.

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