15 people with China travel history arrive in J&K: Report

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Srinagar

Fifteen people who arrived in Jammu and Kashmir during this week with travel history from China are being kept under observation and have been asked to remain in isolation as a precautionary measure, reported Daily Excelsior.

According to a report, out of 15, eight arrived in Kashmir and seven in Jammu region during this week. Fourteen of them have arrived from China but none of them from Wuhan province, the epicentre of Coronavirus.

One of them has arrived from Bankok. Eight of them are students who are studying in China and five of them arrived in Srinagar today only.

The Nodal Officer for J&K UT to deal with the Coronavirus, Dr Shafqat Khan, told Excelsior that samples of 10 of these people who had flue like symptoms have been taken and they have been sent for analyses. Out of them, three have been taken from Kashmir and seven from Jammu.

“All these people are under observation and are being monitored. They have been asked to remain in isolation and take necessary precautions. However, no one has been hospitalized,” he said.

Government has established 33 bedded isolation ward at Government Medical College Jammu for Coronavirus cases and 22 bedded such facility at GMC, Srinagar, SKIMS Soura and Maternity Hospital Sanatnagar in Kashmir valley. The sample taking facility has been kept at GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu.

Khan said that Government is not taking any chance on the issue of Coronavirus and all those arriving from China, Nepal and other countries are being monitored.

The Government ordered the establishment of a control room in the State Surveillance Office in Srinagar and Jammu, quarantine of suspected patients, advisory to all districts and announcements to be made at Railway Stations and Airports.

The new strain of Coronavirus, which originated in Hubei province in central China late last year, has so far killed more than 300 people amid more than 14,000 total reported cases. Globally, around 130 cases have been reported and two of them are from Kerala in India.

Government evacuated 324 people from Wuhan on Saturday and have kept them under observation on the outskirts of New Delhi, Daily Excelsior reported.

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