Akeel Rashid

Don’t panic, but Coronavirus has reached Kashmir

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Valley registers first +ive case in Khanyar

Srinagar: The deadly Coronavirus has finally reached Kashmir with one resident from old down of Srinagar testing positive.

J&K UT’s spokesperson, Rohit Kansal today tweeted: “#COVID#Jammu&Kashmir

“First positive case in Kashmir – Khanyar, Srinagar. History of foreign travel. Arrived on 16/3/2020. Put in isolation. Surveillance started in 300m area. Request all to cooperate. Also immediately self report any symptoms…”

Sources said that the infected person, a 67-year-old lady had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16.

The authorities have geared up to meet the challenge.

However, the people need not to panic but follow the precautionary guidelines, some experts said that it is an imported transmission as the infected person had a travel history to Saudi.

“Had it been local transmission, it would have been a great cause of worry,” they said.

Earlier, health officials in Kashmir on Wednesday said there was no positive case of novel coronavirus detected in the Valley so far, urging the public not to panic but exercise caution to prevent spread of the disease that has been declared a global pandemic.

“We have tested 41 samples here and 40 of them have come out as negative. There has been no positive case reported from the valley till date,” Director, SKIMS Hospital Soura, A G Ahangar told reporters.

The result of one suspect is awaited, he added.

There was no need to panic or be scared about the novel coronavirus but people should follow the advisories issued by the authorities from time to time, he pointed out.

“Let us be safe, let us be wise and let us ensure that we help others to live as we live,” he said.



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