COVID-19: 40 doctors among nearly 100 infected health workers in Kashmir

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Srinagar: As Kashmir enters the “community spread” phase with more cases emerging of COVID-19, about a hundred healthcare staff, including forty doctors, have tested positive for coronavirus in the Valley so far.

Dr. Samir Mattoo, the director of health service in Kashmir, told The Kashmir Walla that forty doctors and fifty-eight paramedic staff have tested positive for the coronavirus so far in the Kashmir Valley. The director did not give a district-wise break-up of infected health workers.

Earlier, Dr. A G Ahangar, the director of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar, was quoted by newswire Press Trust of India to say that doctors and paramedics recently testing positive for the infection was “a professional hazard” and that “Kashmir is facing community spread of COVID-19. This is a reality and we must accept it and learn to live with it”.

In the past week, the number of cases in Kashmir rose by at least 60 per cent, from 1999 to 3198 infections. After the Central government allowed interstate movement of stranded people, the Jammu and Kashmir administration claimed that the rise in cases was due to travellers. However, only 365 of the total 3,198 confirmed cases of the infection in Kashmir Valley are travellers returning after the lockdown was eased. 

So far, at least forty-three people have died of the disease in J-K and over 4,087 have been infected. Among the total cases, 2830 are active positive cases in J-K while 1216 have recovered.

Additional reporting by Yashraj Sharma

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