Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Jan 9: Two people who recently returned to Kashmir from the UK tested positive for Covid-19, following which their samples were sent to Delhi for genome sequencing to check if they have contracted the new variant of the virus, officials said here on Saturday.
Nodal Officer for Covid-19 at JLNM hospital Dr Bilquees Shah said the samples of two UK returnee travellers, from Habak and Soura localities, were found positive for Covid-19 virus at SKIMS Soura and both of them are currently admitted at JLNM Hospital.
The travellers had returned to the Valley on Friday and their samples tested positive for Covid-19, officials said.
They said their samples have been sent to Delhi for genome sequencing to determine whether they are carrying the new strain of the virus.
“It will only be known whether they are carrying the new strain or not after the results from Delhi come,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Manhas, ADS State surveillance Officer IDSP Jammu said samples of two persons in Jammu, one of which was a traveller from UK and another his contact, were found negative for the newly-discovered strain.
“We have ten more people admitted at a Jammu hospital whose tests have been sent to Delhi for Genome Sequencing”, the official said adding “All these tests are being conducted as per the guidelines of central government to avert any exigency.” (Additional inputs from GNS)