Srinagar: Two children, aged 4 and 7-year-old girls, have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Srinagar on Thursday; not an 8-month-old infant.
Speaking to The Kashmir Walla, Dr. Zakir Hussain, the medical superintendent at Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital, said that the children have been kept in the isolation ward at the hospital along with their mother on three separate beds. “We have equipped mother with proper protective gear,” he said. “Children are too young to be kept alone in the isolation ward.”
Earlier on Thursday, Rohit Kansal, principal secretary planning Jammu and Kashmir, had tweeted wrongly that two siblings, 7-year-old and 8-month-old, were tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The children had come in contact with the COVID-19 patient from Natipora, who had arrived from Saudi Arabia recently.
Dr. Hussain confirmed that an 8-month-old infant is admitted at the hospital – “but has not been tested positive for the virus.”
Mr. Kansal had tweeted: “Two more positive cases in Srinagar. Siblings (7 years old and 8 months old)- grandchildren of a confirmed case from Srinagar with travel history to Saudi Arabia who had tested positive on 24th. Total number of active positive cases now 11.”
Meanwhile, twenty-nine people are under quarantine, excluding the mother-daughters trio, at the JLNM Hospital in Rainwari. Most of them are either relatives or neighbours of the man from Natipora Srinagar.
The man from Natipora had returned from Saudi Arabia on 16 March after performing Umrah and had shared the same flight as that of the Kashmir’s first COVID-19 patient, a 67-year-old woman from Srinagar’s Khaniyar area who, according to the doctors at SKIMS Soura, is recovering.
So far fourteen people have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir, four of them are residents of Hajin, Bandipora, aged between 25 to 33 years, and they had come in contact with the sexagenarian man from Hyderpora who died at Chest Disease hospital early yesterday.