Srinagar, Mar 22:
Samples of six suspected coronavirus cases have tested negative in Kashmir even
as six more persons were admitted to isolation facilities in Chest Diseases
hospital on Sunday.
Nodal officer for
virus control at SKIMS, Dr G H Yatoo SAID that three test reports were received
including that of a contact of COVID-19 patient who was admitted to SKIMS
hospital on late Saturday evening.
Dr Yatoo, who is
also HoD hospital administration of SKIMS, also informed that no person was
admitted on Sunday at the isolation facility set up at the tertiary care
Meanwhile Head of
the Department CD Hospital Srinagar Dr Naveed Nazir Shah said that six more
persons with symptoms like coronavirus were admitted to the isolation facility
set up at the hospital.
He said that
three sample reports were received and all of them came to be negative.
So far, only one
person, a 67-year-old woman from Srinagar’s Khanyar area, has tested positive
for the virus in Kashmir Valley. The number of such patients in Jammu is three.
Government in its daily bulleting informed that 3938 travellers and persons in
contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation.
Of them, 2727
persons have been kept under home quarantine while 59 are in hospital
Persons who are
under home surveillance stand at 690 while as 462 persons have completed their
28-day surveillance period.
It said that 240
samples have been sent for testing of which 229 tested came out to be negative
and only four cases have tested positive, so far while as seven reports are
has appealed that any person with travel history to COVID-19 affected countries
or person in contact with such a traveller, whether they are having symptoms or
not, must remain in 14 days home quarantine. If any person feels unwell having
cough, fever or difficulty in breathing that person should avoid exposure to
others and seek medical care at the earliest.
has also urged the general public to maintain social distancing as it is the
key to stop and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from those who are infected.
includes remaining out of crowded settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and
maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible,”
the Government advisory said.
Government has appealed people to not panic and take care of health and protect
“Public in general is advised to avoid
un-necessary travel and use of public transport. Avoid un-necessary travel and
use of public transport; avoid crowded places and large gatherings, do not spit
in public. People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent
handwashing with soap and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes,” the
Government advisory added. (With inputs from GNS)