5 of a family with no travel history test positive for COVID-19 in Srinagar

5 of a family with no travel history test positive for COVID-19 in Srinagar

Ishtiyaq Ahmed
Srinagar, Apr 9: Five family members in Srinagar with no travel history have tested positive for COVID-19.
The family members, father, son, two daughters and their mother tested positive on Wednesday.
They are from Eidgah area of Srinagar’s old city. The entire family is shell-shocked as to how they caught the virus without travelling out of Srinagar and without coming into contact with any COVID-19 positive case.
Murtaza (name changed) said he and his father have been fighting hard to feed the family. “We are into the art of Khatamband ( a wood art) used to craft unique designs on a special kind of wood used for ceiling in residential houses, hotels, government offices and also in houseboats in Kashmir.
He told Kashmir Indepth News Service that they have not been out of J&K, rather out of Srinagar and didn’t meet anyone who according to them could be COVID-19 suspect.
“Yes, a 10-year-boy in our area tested positive for COVID-19 but his house is very far from our home. And we didn’t go there at all,” he said.
“All of us are asymptomatic. None of us have any symptom. We were shocked to see our test results,” he added.
All the family members are admitted at JLNM hospital at Rainawari here.
It may be recalled that a week ago, the administration declared entire Eidgah as Red Zone after 10-year-old boy tested positive, many samples around the area were taken including five from this family. “The results were shocking as all of them were positive,” said an official.