CORONAVIRUS SCARE:Two suspected cases detected in Jammu

Jammu, Mar 7: Panic gripped Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday when test results of two suspected Coronavirus patients were found “high viral load cases” and the duo was immediately quarantined at Government Medical College Jammu.

Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary and government spokesperson shared Information Department’s tweet announcing: “Test reports of the two suspected patients received. Both high viral load cases. High probability of testing positive. Both suspected cases kept in isolation at GMC Jammu. Stable.All protocols being followed.”

Among the two suspected persons is a 25 year old male with recent travel history to South Korea and a 63-year-old female from Ladakh, who was currently putting up in Jammu, Dr Shafqat Khan, Nodal Officer for Coronavirus containment in J&K told The Kashmir Monitor.

The male patient, as per local news agency KNO, had arrived in Jammu from South Korea just a few days ago.“At Jammu airport he was tested and was asked to be at GMC Jammu till reports arrived however he managed to escape from the hospital in dead of night on Friday,” the agency reported.

The patient was eventually detained and brought back to the hospital where he was kept in isolation.
Principal Government Medical College Jammu Sunanda Raina said the two patients with “high probability of Coronavirus” were admitted at GMC Jammu but their condition was stable.“I personally have inspected both patients, both are stable and people need not to panic and pay heed to rumours,” she told news agency KNO, adding that the condition of both patients is being closely monitored.

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