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Deceased Anantnag woman’s sample returns positive

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Three doctors, 2 nurses quarantined

Srinagar: The death toll due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir reached seven on Sunday after the swab sample of a pregnant woman, who died at a hospital in Anantnag Saturday, returned positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said.

“The pregnant woman, who died at a hospital in Anantnag district (in south Kashmir) on Saturday, has tested positive. Her reports came on Sunday,” an official said.

The officials said her sample was tested at the Chest Diseases hospital – a designated COVID-19 centre — here.

However, Syed Yasir, Additional District Magistrate Anantnag, tweeted, “The unfortunate death of a pregnant woman yesterday at MCH Ang can’t be attributed to COVID, though samples taken post her death have reported positive. The alleged negligence on part of maternity hospital is being enquired into!”

The woman, who hailed from Kharpora village — which has been declared a coronavirus red zone by the administration in south Kashmir – was pregnant with twins and was admitted to the maternity and child care hospital Anantnag on Saturday morning, the officials said.

They said after she died with unborn babies, the doctors at the hospital took her sample for testing.

Two doctors and three nurses, who might have attended to the deceased, have been put under quarantine.

“The doctors and nurses, who might have come in contact with the woman at the hospital, have been moved to quarantine, while a team has been constituted and her family members will be taken to quarantine as well,” the officials said.

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