Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Doctor among 11 new positive cases in J&K
A doctor is among the 11 new positive cases of COVID19 confirmed in J&K on Monday, taking the total number of the infected to 49 in the UT.
A doctor working at microbiology division of Government Medical College Jammu today tested positive for COVID19. The doctor has become the first case of a healthcare worker infected in J&K.
Giving details about the case, Bhupinder Kumar, Mission Director National Health Mission and J&K Government’s nodal officer for COVID19, said the doctor had been tested routinely, along with some other doctors at the hospital. However, only one positive case was detected.
He said the doctor was doing fine and did not have symptoms and the source of his infection was being ascertained. He added that all frontline healthcare staff had been equipped with protective gear and chances of a patient infecting the doctor had been reduced.
The doctor is among the three new positive cases of COVID19 in Jammu who tested positive today.
On Monday, 8 cases of COVID19 came to fore in Kashmir. While informing about the cases, Principal Secretary to Government Rohit Kansal tweeted: “Four more cases detected positive in Kashmir. 2 each from Shopian and Srinagar. All contacts of previous positive cases. Contact tracing working on ground.”
Later in the day, a series of tweets updated about new cases emerging out of Kashmir. “Three new cases detected positive in Kashmir” at SKIMS, government said. This was followed by another tweet informed about one more positive case at SKIMS.
Dr S Saleem Khan, nodal officer for COVID19 at GMC Srinagar, said two of the positive cases from Srinagar detected today at CD Hospital had arrived in Kashmir from Saudi Arabia on March 16, on the same flight as the first COVID19 case from Kashmir. The other two, from Shopian, he said, had travel history to Delhi, UP and other parts of India.
Dr Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS, said two of the positive cases, one each from Budgam and Bandipora had contact with an already positive case at the hospital. One patient hailing from Srinagar had travelled to Kolkata recently.
The travel details of the positive cases declared later could not be ascertained.
With the 11 new cases, the toll of positive cases of COVID19 has reached 49. Of these, 36 are from Kashmir division.
The government media bulletin on COVID19 said that 722 samples have been sent for testing of which 659 have tested as negative and 15 reports are awaited.
With surge in COVID19 cases, the restrictions on movement and assembly of people have been further tightened across J&K.
The strict restrictions continued for the 12th successive day.
Continuing its action against violators of government order, police have sealed many shops, hotels and educational institutes and arrested about 140 persons from Srinagar, Sopore, Handwara, Ganderbal and Anantnag in the valley since Tuesday. Over 70 vehicles have also been seized by police since Tuesday.