32 Test Positive In Uri After Attending Funeral

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Srinagar: At least thirty-two people from a village in the border town of Uri tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday after attending funeral of a Covid-19 deceased woman.

According to the doctors, 32 people, including 21 females, 11 males and six children in Kholan village of Boniyar in Uri tested Covid-19 positive after antigen rapid tests were conducted on over 100 villagers on Tuesday.

“Among them, 75 samples were taken from the Kholan village alone while 35 others are from different villages of Boniyar,” Dr. Parvaiz Masoodi, Block Medical Officer (BMO) Boniyar said.

“We have the inputs that many people have attended the last rites of a woman following which we decided to carry out the rapid antigen testing and 32 people from Kholan village tested positive,” he added.

Masoodi further said that he has taken up the matter with the DC Baramulla and CMO Baramulla and requested them to declare the village as Red Zone as there was not adequate space to keep the positive cases in isolation.

A 60-year-old woman from the village had died on 6th September due to the coronavirus at SKIMS Soura and was later buried in the village in which locals have participated. Panic has gripped the villagers after the COVID cases surfaced forcing the residents to stay indoors.

Meanwhile, seven persons also tested positive for coronavirus today in medical block Uri.

“Five are from a same family hailing from Jabla, Uri while two are from Nambla,” a doctor told local news agency GNS.

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