As the number of novel coronavirus cases continue a downward spiral in Indian-administered Kashmir, the health authorities sounded an alert after two returnees from the United Kingdom were found to be infected with the new strain of the deadly virus.
Dr. Bilquees Shah, the Nodal officer for Covid-19 at the Rainawari hospital in the summer capital Srinagar, said that two male patients from Kashmir have tested positive for new Covid-19 strain that was first reported in the United Kingdom.
“The patients are residents of Habak and Soura and had returned from the UK recently,” she said.
Officials said that people whom they contacted with so far will be isolated while the two positive cases have been admitted at the hospital.
On Friday Kashmir reported four deaths due to Covid-19 taking the toll to 1,907 in the disputed region while 127 positive cases were reported taking the overall tally to 122,303 cases.
Of the 122,303 cases, 71,656 are from Kashmir and 50,647 from Jammu division.
With 278 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached to 118,155 which is 96.51 percent of the total cases.
Officials said among 127 new cases, 42 belong to Kashmir division while as 85 are from Jammu division, adding that the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division have reached to 71,656 including 69,261 recoveries and 1,198 deaths while as total number of positive cases in Jammu division have reached to 50,647 including 48,894 recoveries and 709 deaths.
The officials said that total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 2,241 including 1,197 from Kashmir division and 1,044 from Jammu division.