Covid-19: Four more persons test postive in Kashmir

Yolanda Curtis
March 26, 2020

The administration on Wednesday made a decision to close all the government departments except those providing essential services across the Jammu and Kashmir till April 14, a top official said today.

So far, the valley has registered four positive cases of the coronavirus. Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 13 in India.

Sources said that the deceased had a medical history of illness with Sugar, hypertension and obesity.

The man from Natipora had returned from Saudi Arabia on 16 March after performing Umrah and had shared the same flight as that of the Kashmir's first COVID-19 patient, a 67-year-old woman from Srinagar's Khaniyar area who, according to the doctors at SKIMS Soura, is recovering.

Originally a resident of the Valley's north-western Sopore town, he had contracted the deadly virus while attending the public outreach programme of Tablighi Jamaat for spreading the faith in various parts of the country.

The J&K government has ordered inquiry into the alleged mishandling of the patient after he was tested positive for COVID-19 at the CD hospital. The four patients were contacts of the patient who died today.

The patients' travel history has caused anxiety among the health officials, prompting a massive contact tracing.

Earlier political leaders, students and their parents, political leaders in unison has sought 4G internet services in the region to allow educational institutes offer e-learning to students amid a seven-month-long lockdown - earlier following the abrogation of Article 370 in August, and now because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The lockdown is being enforced strictly also in Jammu region of the UT whereas tougher measures are in place in Ladakh.

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