The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday reported two suspected cases of coronavirus. “A preliminary report of their samples sent to AIIMS Delhi were positive. However, we are waiting for their final test reports before officially confirming them as coronavirus cases,” said epidemiologist Dr Deepak Kapoor.
Both the persons had a travel history to Iran and South Korea and have been now shifted to a quarantine facility in Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu.
In view of the current scenario arising out of the spread of coronavirus, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has been put on high alert, with government introducing 100 per cent self-declaration by passengers at Jammu and Srinagar airports in order to trace travellers who have travel histories to countries like China, South Korea, Iran, Thailand among others, or those who had come in contact with people with travel history to these countries. Medical teams have been deployed at both the airports along with other logistical arrangements at the healthcare facilities, officials said.
Checkpoints have also been set up at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda to identify people with travel history to these countries, they said. Pointing out that there was no cause for panic, officials said that all the systems are in a state of high alert and back-up facilities are in place to deal with any eventuality in Jammu and Kashmir.
Apart from this, the UT administration on Saturday ordered the closure of all government and private schools up to primary level across Jammu district till March 31. The order, issued by Jammu District Magistrate Sushma Chouhan under provisions of Section 144 of CrPC, followed the detection of two suspected cases of Coronavirus in Jammu.
Pointing out that the order comes into force with immediate effect, it read, “administering of exams shall also not be a reason for making students up to primary level to attend the school”. This has been done to avoid mass gathering as COVID-19 has a pattern of transmission at a rapid rate in case prescribed preventive protocols like avoiding mass gatherings among others, are not strictly followed, the order added.
A total of 201 individuals have so far been contacted who either had a travel history to the countries severely affected by coronavirus or had come in contact with people having travelled to these countries, said Principal Secretary Planning and Monitoring Department Rohit Kansal, who also happens to be the spokesperson of the UT Government. Of them, 21 have been tested and none has been tested positive so far, he added.