Covid-19: 4329 Under Scanner In Jammu And Kashmir

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Srinagar- At least five people with coronavirus like symptoms on Monday were admitted to Chest Diseases hospital here, while the reports of eight persons including a couple with travel history to Bangkok tested negative , even as the number of people under surveillance in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory reached  4329 today.

Dr. Saleem Khan, Nodal officer Government Medical College (GMC) told Kashmir Observer that five persons with Covid-19 like symptoms were admitted at the CD Hospital today. He said they have been put at the isolation ward for ‘quarantine.

“Presently, 18 people are under quarantine at the hospital. Results of 10 suspects is awaited while 45 others have tested negative in the last few days,” Khan said.

“Five of the people who tested negative have been discharged and put under home quarantine” he added.

At SKIMS, the number of people under quarantine was 21, including a woman from Khanyar who tested positive to Covid-19 a senior official said. He said no suspected case was admitted today at the institute.

Meanwhile, the government today said that 4329 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, only four cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus, 2916 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 50 are in hospital quarantine.

“Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 878 while as 485 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period. 256 samples have been sent for testing of which 231 tested as negative and only four cases have tested positive so far, while as 21 reports are awaited till March 23, 2020,” an official spokesperson said.

The government in its advisory urged public to stay at home to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) and advised not to venture out unless it is absolutely essential.

Since large number of students and travellers, according to the advisory, have returned to the UT in view of increased incidence of Novel Coronavirus cases across the world and other parts of the country. “However, some of the travellers / students have not provided correct travel history in self-declaration formats that were provided to them at designated Help Desk Counters at port of entry in the UT,” reads the advisory.

Such travellers must therefore report their travel history to local health authorities / Covid-19 helpline Numbers and undergo self-imposed home quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival. “This is in the interest of their health, their family members, neighbours and public in general.”

Furthermore, advisory appealed family members, neighbours and people to bring such cases in notice of the authorities, so that necessary measures in the interest of public health can be taken by the Government.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib did his Masters in Convergent Journalism from Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and is currently working with Kashmir Observer as Special Correspondent. He has been contributing stories for the newspaper especially on Politics, Security & defence and has a keen interest in Environment.

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