Srinagar, Apr 3: Four patients, including man who escaped from SMHS Hospital on Thursday, tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir on Friday.
The 38-year old man of Chattabal here, already declared as red zone, had even mentioned his name wrongly at the hospital registry. “He was brought back by police after he ran away from the SMHS Hospital,” a senior doctor told GNS.
The doctor said after his sample came out to be positive today, he was shifted to Chest Disease hospital Dalgate which among two other Srinagar hospitals is exclusively meant for COVID-19 management.
Among the three other persons who tested positive, sources said, two are from Uri area of Baramulla and are teachers by profession. They had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient from Samba region of Jammu and were lately under quarantine at Salamabad trade facilitation centre as it sees to no activity in wake of the suspension of cross-LoC trade in August last year.
The fourth positive case is a 38-year-old man from Eidgah and he had come in contact with a 10-year-old who tested positive for the Coronavirus earlier this week.
Besides them, a tea stall owner from Lower Gorkha Nagar in Bagh-e-Bahu area of Jammu also tested positive for COVID-19. According to the officials, he has no travel history and his contacts are being traced. Among the 75 cases, 57 are in Kashmir and 18 are in Jammu division.
Talking to GNS, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah, HoD at CD hospital said, 24 reports were received on Friday and barring one—regarding the man referred from SMHS—all tested negative.
Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS said that 18 more people with symptoms-like COVID-19 were admitted to hospital and their samples have been taken and sent for tests. (GNS)