Leh Reports Case Of New Covid Strain

Leh: Ladakh Thursday reported the first positive case for the new Covid-19 strain who had travelled and stayed in Germany in December last.

The 38-year-old male patient, who was isolated for two weeks on his arrival to Leh has tested positive for the new Covid strain and has been isolated and kept at a separate facility and all necessary precautions have been taken, local news agency KNO reported Thursday.

Quoting an unnamed health official, the report said that the man has a travel history of Germany and had tested positive for novel coronavirus under RT-PCR test after his arrival to Ladakh on December 26 last year.

“Without taking any further time samples for the variant strain were conducted given the foreign travel history and were sent to Delhi for final confirmation”, he said.

The health official said that the report from Delhi was received earlier today and the individual was found positive and infected with the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2.

He said that all the necessary precautionary measures have been taken and ensured that there is no transmission.

The Health official further said that the individual has a travel history of Germany and he had reached Paris on 24 December wherefrom he reached New Delhi on 25 and from there he left for Ladakh on 26 December last year.

As already made mandatory for all the passengers, the official said that the individual was made to undergo an RT-PCR test and on 28 December he tested positive for Novel Coronavirus and was put at an isolation facility of SNM hospital Leh.

The official said that given the travel history all the necessary precautions were out in place and as soon as the report was received today mandatory required arrangements were made.

He furthermore said that as good things about it are the individual has not been to any place or home ever since the arrival in Ladakh and has no contacts still whatever is required will be done well on time to curtail the spread.

This is the first positive infected with the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the entire Ladakh UT, he said.

Kashmir Reports 3 More Covid-19 Deaths

Kashmir Valley meanwhile on Thursday reported three more coronavirus deaths, even as 79 fresh cases of Covid-19, including 3 travellers were detected across J&K during the last 24 hours.

Among the victims, officials said were a 55-year-old man from Rainawari here, a 75-year-old man from Chattergam and a 78-year-old man from Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

So far 1915 people have succumbed to the virus in J&K— 1203 in the Valley and 712 in Jammu region.

Srinagar district with 453 deaths tops the list followed by Jammu (365), Baramulla (172), Budgam (113), Kupwara (94), Pulwama (88), Anantnag (84), Doda (64), Bandipora (61), Udhampur (57), Kulgam (53), Rajouri (55), Kathua (50), Ganderbal (46), Shopian (39), Samba (39), Poonch (24), Ramban (21), Kishtwar(22), and Reasi (15).

Meanwhile, three travellers were among 79 fresh novel coronavirus cases reported in J&K in the last 24 hours, officials said. Among the fresh cases, they said, 30 are from Jammu Division and 49 from Kashmir Valley, taking the total tally to 122964.

Giving district-wise details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 26, Baramulla 3, Budgam 4, Pulwama 4, Kupwara 1, Anantnag 3, Bandipora 1, Ganderbal 5, Kulgam 2, Jammu 23, Udhampur 4, Doda 1, Kathua 1 and Ramban one new case of coronavirus.

Moreover, officials said, 237 more patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals—125 from Jammu Division and 112 from Kashmir valley. The number of active cases has reduced to 1468 in J&K. (With GNS inputs)

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