Over 5000 under surveillance in JK
Four more persons from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of confirmed cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 11.
They were brought to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura on Tuesday evening after suspected of having coronavirus symptoms.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said the four Bandipora residents tested positive on Wednesday at the institute’s Viral Diagnostic and Research Lab.
Initial reports, as per doctors, suggest that they were close contacts of Sopore patient staying at Hyderpora, Srinagar who tested positive on Tuesday at GMC Srinagar.
“All five (including the new four cases ) had participated together in a religious gathering due to which the virus has spread,” a Health official said.
The Hyderpora patient, as per the doctors, had not revealed the exact travel history to the doctors earlier at SKIMS Medical College and Hospital, Bemina where the patient's basic diagnosis were done on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, SKIMS Soura admitted five more coronavirus suspects.
Their samples have been taken and the results are awaited, doctors said.
Medical Superintendent Chest Disease Hospital, Dr Saleem Tak said on Wednesday, 11 people including four contacts of Natipora positive patient were admitted to Chest Disease Hospital for treatment where their samples tested negative.
“A total of 23 patients are admitted in the hospital while the two cases tested positive on Tuesday are in the isolation ward,” he said.
The first positive coronavirus case, a woman from Khanyar, who detected positive in Kashmir on March 18, had travelled from Saudi Arabia.
With four fresh positive coronavirus cases in Kashmir, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 11.
The Health department has requested the home quarantine persons and their families to cooperate with the authorities and follow guidelines for home quarantine issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India (GoI).
As per the media bulletin of J&K government, a total of 5124 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance, 3061 in home quarantine, 80 in hospital quarantine, and 1477 in home surveillance.
“Till date, a total of 506 have completed 28 days surveillance period. A total of 326 samples have been sent for testing, of which 294 are negative, 11 are positive, while the test report of 21 is awaited,” it said.
As per figures of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India has surged to 512 while nine have died so far.