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CORONAVIRUS:First showed case in J&Ok

Jammu, Mar 9: A
63-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus here, making her the first
confirmed case in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday.

This raises the
number of cases in the country to 43. Officials in Kochi on Monday said that a
three-year-old child tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala.

The woman, who
had a travel history to Iran, was among two patients who were declared
“high viral load cases” by the administration on the weekend.

They are undergoing
treatment at the isolation ward of the Government Medical College (GMC)
hospital and are in a stable condition, the officials said.

“The test
report of the woman patient is positive, while the report of the other patient
is still awaited,” a Health Department official said.

Another woman,
who had returned from Saudi Arabia, was admitted in GMC hospital Doda on Sunday
and was kept under observation in an isolation ward, the officials said.

Her samples were
sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for testing, they added.

After the two
patients were declared “high load viral cases” on Saturday, the
administration announced immediate closure of all primary schools in six
districts of the Union Territory and suspension of all biometric attendance
till March 31 as a precautionary measure.

The two with a
travel history to coronavirus-hit Italy, South Korea and Iran had fled the
hospital’s isolation ward on Wednesday shortly after their admission, but were
brought back within hours of the incident.

Their samples
were sent to Pune.

Jammu and Kashmir
has been put on alert to deal with any threat emerging from coronavirus.

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J&K
administration Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said they are watching the situation
and have put 400 people under surveillance in Satawari and Sarwal areas of
Jammu.

Rohit Kansal said
Anganwadi centers in these areas have also been closed till March 31.

“Situation
under watch; 400 under surveillance in Satawari and Sarwal areas of Jammu.
Anganwadi centers in these areas closed till March 31,” Rohit Kansal wrote
on microblogging site Twitter on Monday.

In two other
tweets late Sunday, he said all contacts of a suspected case are being tested
and quarantined.

“All
contacts of 1 suspected case being tested and quarantined; 400 others under
surveillance,” Rohit Kansal said.

Rohit Kansal said
the administration is making two coronavirus testing labs functional in the
Union Territory from Monday, while two more are going to start functioning in
the next couple of days.

Officials said
that the first coronavirus testing lab has been set up at Sher-e-Kashmir
Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura after necessary training was
imparted to the staff. Two more testing labs, one each in GMC Jammu and
Srinagar, are likely to start functioning from Wednesday.

Dispelling
apprehensions of any major emergency, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said
that it was monitoring and reviewing the situation closely and there was no
need to panic.

“A total of
287 cases were put under active surveillance. Ninety-five of these completed
the surveillance period of 28 days, while 28 samples of suspected cases had
been sent for testing so far, of which 25 were reported negative,” the
official said.

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Listing the
measures taken to control and prevent the spread of the virus, the government
had said 100 per cent self-declaration protocols were already established at
Jammu and Srinagar airports.

“All
entrants to Jammu and Kashmir via road are also being monitored at Lakhanpur
and Lower Munda respectively. Help desks at railway stations, Jammu and Katra,
are also operational,” a government spokesman said.

He said 100 per
cent self-declaration and thermal imaging have also been introduced for all
pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district.

The government
had appealed to the public to cooperate fully wherever quarantine was advised.

“We are
sending detailed guidelines to all states on ways to contain coronavirus. Have
asked states to strengthen laboratories and manpower to effectively deal with
coronavirus and form early rapid action teams,” Vardhan said. The health
minister chaired a review and coordination meeting with Lieutenant Governor
Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, mayors of the Municipal
Corporations of Delhi and senior officials of various departments.

Meanwhile, the
Centre and the Delhi government are working in close coordination to deal with
coronavirus, Kejriwal said after the meeting. More than 110,098 people have
been infected by the Coronavirus across the world and 3,831 have died as the
disease upturns the modest growth in the world economy. Markets crashed over
the outbreak again with the S&P BSE Sensex down over 1,811 points, or 4.82
per cent, at 35,770 levels.

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