Labourer tests positive in Kupwara, DC orders mass testing of outsiders
Srinagar: A 70-year-old tourist from Maharashtra died of Covid-19 at a hospital here, officials said on Wednesday.
They said that the elderly tourist was admitted to the Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar on March 30 after he complained breathlessness and showed other Covid-19 related symptoms.
Confirming the death , a senior doctor at hospital said that the patient from Pune, Maharashtra was suffering from “severe covid-19 Pneumonia”. “He was referred from SMHS hospital and was admitted here,” the senior doctor at the CD hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of covid-19 patients here, told GNS.
Sources said that the patient along with his son had surprisingly tested negative at Srinagar Airport on their arrival to the Kashmir Valley s few days ago. The elderly person’s son has also been admitted and is presently under treatment at a hospital here.
Maharashtra is one among the worst-hit states as regards the resurgence of Covid-19 in India and contributes most of the daily reported cases in the country recently.
Non-local labourer tests positive in Lolab
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old non-local labourer has on Wednesday tested positive for novel Coronavirus infection in Sogam area of Kupwara, forcing the district administration to go for sampling of his primary contacts even as authorities directed concerned to prioritize sampling of all outside labourers engaged in different works in the north Kashmir district.
Block Medical Officer Dr. Raheem told GNS that the labourer putting up at a rented room in Sogam area returned positive for the infection at a local health facility this afternoon.
“The infected person was isolated immediately” the official said adding that all the primary contacts of the infected person would be tested soon.
DC Kupwara Imam-ud-Din told GNS that the authorities concerned have been asked to collect samples of all the primary contacts of the infected person on an immediate basis ‘to rule out any chances of spread of the infection’.
“The health authorities are directed to prepare a list of all the non-local labourers putting up here in the district and to prioritize their sampling on an immediate basis”, the top-level district officer said.