Coronavirus: 10 New Admissions, All Tests Negative

SRINAGAR: Even as the doctors are admitting fresh patients with suspicion of carrying the infection of Covid-19, all the tests carried out at two facilities in Srinagar does not indicate any positive case so far. Kashmir continues to have only one positive case. However, almost 10 results are yet to come.

Dr Farooq Jan, the medical superintendent of SKIMS said they have 18 patients under observation in quarantine ward and two in the isolation ward in addition to the one patient who had earlier been detected positive. “We just got two patients in the evening and they have been admitted,” Dr Jan said. “Both of them have flown from Bangkok. The results of their tests would come on Monday. Besides, we had taken three samples on Saturday night the results of which have come negative today.”

The Government Medical College got seven new patients on Sunday. These included two who had a travel history to Saudi Arabia and one who was in close contact with one of them. “They are all under observation,” Dr M Salim Khan, the GMC spokesman said. “Results of their tests are awaited.”

“So far, we have taken samples in 51 cases including the one that was sent from the District Hospital in Pulwama and three from SMHS in three pneumonia cases,” Dr Khan said. “Results in 43 cases are negative and rest are awaited.” Under the new guidelines, the hospitals are supposed to test the patients who have pneumonia. Earlier patients with fever and cough with preferable travel history were sent for tests.

Authorities of Saturday had sent two young resident doctors under observation fearing they might have contracted the infection. Now, their tests have come and suggested they are not carrying any infection. One of them was a relative of the lone positive case and another had recently flown from Andaman Nicobar islands.


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