Srinagar- The number of Covid-19 patients in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday rose to 55 as six more persons contracted the disease. All of the fresh cases are from Kashmir Valley and includes a ten-year-old boy, who had hugged a man who later tested positive for coronavirus.
“6 new positive cases confirmed in Kashmir Division. All contacts of previous positive cases. Meanwhile contact tracing continues in both Jammu and Kashmir Divisions. Please cooperate,” Govt spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted.
According to the official sources the boy, a resident of Eidgah Srinagar, tested positive for the pathogen and he had no history of travel. “He had hugged a man who later tested positive for the coronavirus,” a senior doctor at SKIMS said. He also confirmed that the boy’s test came out to be positive early Tuesday morning.
Alleging medical negilgence boys father said that his son’s samples were not taken for last 10 days.
“There is a sheer negligence. We fear that our entire family might have been infected because we were living together with my son. I appeal the government to hold a probe and take action against guilty officials for their negligence,” local news agencies quoted him saying.
“On March 23, our son came in contact with a person, a resident of Bemina area of Srinagar, who was part of Tablighi Jam’at, and was camping at Shaheed-e-Milat Masjid at Eidgah. My son shook hands with the man and even hugged him,” father was quoted as saying.
He said that on March 28, the boy showed symptoms like cough and high fever.
The boy was shifted to SMHS, where doctors as per prescription noted: “Handshake with Covid-19 positive case, refer to CD hospital”. Ironically, when the boy was taken to CD hospital, the doctors there referred him to Jawhar Lal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) hospital Rainawari.
At JLNM, the patient was referred to SKIMS for screening.
According to family members, at SKIMS, doctors told them to keep the boy under home isolation. “My son’s samples were not taken for days. We brought him again to SKIMS on Monday and today he is tested positive,” his father claimed.
Two others tested positive today are presently admitted at JNLM hospital and had come in contact with the same Bemina resident tested positive earlier.
With fresh six positive cases, the number of Covid-19 patients in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up to 55. The Kashmir valley has 43 cases while Jammu has 12 cases.
Out of the total cases, 51 are active, 2 have recovered and 2 have died.
On Monday, J&K recorded second single day jump in Covid-19 cases as 11 persons were confirmed to have contracted the dreaded disease in J&K and included a doctor in Jammu.
In an ominous development, this was the first case of a doctor contracting the novel coronavirus in the erstwhile state.
Officials said that the doctor was working as a microbiologist at the microbiology laboratory of Government Medical College Jammu. While the doctor has been moved to isolation, all staff working in the laboratory and others who might have come in his contact were shifted to quarantine.
Meanwhile, the government has said that several areas surrounding location of Covid-19 cases or untraced contact cases had to be sealed in Jammu, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, and Rajouri in the interest of controlling spread of the dreaded disease.
“Aggressive contact tracing of positive cases key to control spread of #Coronavirus. Yesterday several areas surrounding location of positive cases or untraced contact cases had to be sealed in Jammu, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Rajouri,” tweeted Rohit Kansal.
“This is purely in the interest of controlling spread of #coronavirus, and helping identification of contacts on real time basis,” Kansal, who is also the government spokesman said. “Inconvenience so caused is temporary in nature but benefits will be immense. Request all to cooperate and take it in right spirit,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the sealing of the areas is important and indispensable. “With some more cases coming positive these areas will be restricted till all precautions and measures are in places,” he added.