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COVID19: 496 go home, recovery rate crosses 40% mark in Kashmir


Srinagar: More than 496 Covid-19 patients have recovered in Kashmir spurring fresh hopes of flattening the curve.

According to figures compiled by Covid-19 hospitals, the total number of cured patients stands at 496.

Figures from Chest Diseases Hospital, Srinagar reveal that 630 patients have been admitted to the facility since March.

“Of them, 73 patients recovered and have been discharged. Currently, 80 are admitted to the hospital,” the data reveals.

Data from SKIMS Bemina shows that 485 patients have been admitted to the hospital so far.

“Of whom, 52 patients recovered and have been discharged. Nine patients are presently under isolation in the hospital,” it says.

Similarly, data maintained by SKIMS MCH Bemina indicate that a total of 268 patients were admitted to the hospital. “Of whom, 203 patients recovered and have been discharged. 63 patients are still admitted,” the data says.

Data from JLMN Hospital, Rainawari reveals that a total of 268 patients were admitted to the facility.

“Of whom, 168 patients recovered and have been discharged. 90 patients are still admitted,” it says.

Medical Superintendent, Chest Diseases Hospital, Srinagar, Dr. Salim Tak said 80-90 percent of the patients were having mild symptoms.

“Patients who are asymptomatic take less time to recover, while those with co-morbidities take some time in the recovery process,” Dr Salim said.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS MCH Bemina, Dr. Shifa Deva said the overall recovery rate shown by the patients has been more than satisfactory.

Nodal Officer JLMN Hospital, Dr. Bilqees Shah said the majority of the patients had mild symptoms.

“A COVID positive patient is tested after 14 days. If his reports come back negative, the patient undergoes testing again within 24-48 hours. If the test comes back negative again only then we discharge him. Otherwise, if his report comes back positive in the first test, a new sample is taken after a break of a few days,” Dr. Bilqees said.

She noted the hospital administration ensures that the patients recover fully before they are discharged.

Nodal Officer, Government Medical College, Srinagar Dr. Salim Khan said Kashmir has ramped up testing capacity. “With the gradual increase in testing, the virus can be contained. Also, the overall recovery rate has gone past 40 percent, which is a positive development,” he said.