8 test negative, two ‘highly infected’ isolated at CD hospital
Srinagar, Mar 23:
Test reports of eight persons including a couple with travel history to Bangkok
tested negative for coronavirus here even as eight more people have been
admitted to hospitals, two of them in separate isolation on Monday.
Ahmad Jan, the medical superintendent of SKIMS, told news agency GNS that a
husband-wife duo was admitted on Sunday night and their samples sent to check
possibility of coronavirus.
“The test reports
were received on Monday and they came out to be negative,” he said.
No more person
with symptoms akin to coronavirus were admitted to SKIMS even as doctors
examined a number of people who approached the tertiary care hospital for a
checkup for having cough, fever or other indications, Professor Jan said. “They
did fit in the criteria to be admitted,” he added.
persons were admitted to Chest Disease (CD) hospital, three of them late last
night, while samples of six persons came out to be negative, concerned
officials and sources said.
“We took samples
of five persons who were admitted today and their reports along with three
others, admitted late last night, are awaited,” they said.
They said two
among those admitted on Monday have travel history to Saudi Arabia while
another one “seems to be hiding details as he maintains to have arrived from
persons seem highly likely to be infected and as such they have been moved to
separate isolation,” they said, adding, “The tests will rule out or confirm the
disease and are expected on Tuesday.”
When contacted Dr
Naveed Nazir, HOD CD hospital, confirmed to GNS that eight new persons have
been admitted and said that six test reports were received which came out to be
negative. Asked the possibility of the two persons, who have been kept in
separate isolation facility, he said, “we have taken their samples and reports
Government informed that 4329 travellers and persons in contact with suspected
cases have been put under surveillance.
According to the
daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 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.
further said that 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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
In this regard,
toll free national helpline number 1075 for support, guidance, and response to
health related queries on Novel Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) has been
established. Similarly, Jammu & Kashmir Covid-19 Helpline No.s 0191-2549676
(UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division),
0194-2440283 & 0194-2430581(For Kashmir Division) have also been
implementation of Social Distancing measures, the advisory said that it is key
to stop and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from those who are infected to those
who are not infected. The intervention includes remaining out of crowded
settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6
feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
general is therefore advised to avoid un-necessary travel & use of public
transport; avoid crowded places and large gatherings, do not spit in public.
People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent hand washing
with soap & water; and observing coughing & sneezing etiquettes,” reads
Public is advised
to strictly follow the advisories issued by the Government from time to time.
People are also urged to rely only on the information released by the
government in this regard through the daily media bulletin to print &
electronic media. People are advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay
no heed to them at the same time. (With inputs from GNS)