SRINAGAR: As the contacts of the infected persons are driving to the hospitals, the load has started surging, gradually. The twin laboratories have also picked the speed.
“In the last 24 hours, we carried out 56 tests,” Dr M Salim Khan, the spokesman of the Associated Hospitals said. “In 54 cases the tests were negative but in two unfortunate cases, the tests came positive.”
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Both the positive samples belonged to two minor brothers who had apparently picked the infection from their grandfather who flew from Umrah in Saudi Arabia. The two kids belonged to the elderly person’s daughter. Interestingly, the parents of the two kids are negative but continue to be in quarantine in JKLM Hospital.
In JLNM hospital, there are around 20 patients admitted, mostly under observation and in quarantine. Most of these are the contacts of the Natipora resident who tested positive a few days back.
“Today, we collected 50 new samples and the results will be available on Friday,” Dr Khan said. “We expect the cases to rise as the people have started understanding the costs of staying away despite having contacts with the patients who have already turned positive.”
In SKIMS, Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan, the medical superintendent said none of the samples they had tested was positive today. “We had collected 13 samples on Wednesday and the results were negative,” Dr Jan said. “Today, we admitted 11 new patients whose tests would be available on Friday.”
Dr Jan said the first patient, a lady from Khanyar, is recovering fast. She will be discharged only after she completes 14 days in the hospital while being without an infection. Earlier, there were two patients in Jammu who have fully recovered. So, right now, Jammu and Kashmir have three patients who have fought the virus out.