Cases may be more than reported: Officials

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/26/2020 12:12:51 AM


SRINAGAR, Mar 25: Authorities in Kashmir said they are worried that the coronavirus cases might be more than the eight reported so far in the Valley as a significant number of people have concealed their travel history.
Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said the administration was flooded with messages about people concealing travel history, apparently to avoid undergoing mandatory quarantine.
A senior doctor at SKIMS said not all affected people are being tested. "Stay home and break the chain. Cases in community likely many more than we think. We test only a few. India needs to scale up the testing. Detect cases like New York did. We are not in the same league though!!" wrote Dr Parvaiz Koul on Twitter.
Deputy Commissioner said flood of messages about travellers who concealed travel history; and about contacts. "I wish such people acted responsibly. Those appeals were not without reason. Control room and teams are having tough time,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
“Doctors suggest actual cases in community could probably be more than those tested positive,” Chaudhary said in a tweet on Wednesday.
He appealed to the people to stay indoors during the lockdown period so as to break the chain of transmission of the virus.
“For heaven’s sake stay at homes and report to designated hospitals if you have symptoms or travel history. Consult on phone before visiting hospital. Please. Spread the word,” he added.
Eight persons have so far tested positive for the coronavirus in the Kashmir valley. Four persons from Bandipora were tested positive today.
The first COVID-19 patient, a woman, is recovering fast and is likely to be discharged soon from the hospital, officials said here.
The deputy commissioner said there are more than 1,700 persons at various quarantine facilities in the city who had returned from various countries during the past week.
“With last 2 flights coming in late evening (on Tuesday), we have 1741 guests at Srinagar quarantine facilities. Teams from health, essential services, magistrates, police, SMC and others/nodal officers taking care. Family members requested not to throng there,” he said in another tweet.



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