Coronavirus threat: South Kashmir youth quarantined at SKIMS

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Mubashir Bukhari

Srinagar(NVI) : A south Kashmir youth who has returned from virus-affected China was Thursday quarantined at SKIMS Soura in wake of outbreak of Coronavirus across the world.

The youth as per the doctors examining him, has been pursuing his Phd in China and stayed in the country during the period when coronavirus outbroke in China.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said that the youth has been “immediately” quarantined as a precautionary measure.

“He has not been detected with virus infection and investigations are still on. There is nothing to worry about as he is stable,” he said.

Dr Jan said the south Kashmir boy who is in his late 20’s, will be discharged only after his investigation are over. “We will wait still examining him and he will be discharged in two to three days,” he said.

Sources said a girl who was pursuing engineering in China was also taken to SKIMS for diagnosis. “They were brought here in an ambulance. The girl’s tests were negative and she was discharged later,” they said.

The news regarding quarantining of china-returned south Kashmir youth in SKIMS created panic within the hospital especially after he tried to escape from there.

Sources said Director Health also arrived at SKIMS with a team of officials to look into the matter.

“The ambulance in which the alleged patient was brought into the hospital has been seized by the hospital authorities as a precautionary measure,” they said.

Sources said that the south Kashmir youth had arrived in Kokatta airport where he was also investigated and declared as “unaffected”.

Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Sameer Matoo said that they have sent the samples of the youth to All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi.

“He is stables and we are sure that he is safe. As a precautionary measure we collected his samples and sent to AIIMS New Delhi since we don’t have such facilities here,” he said.

The Government of India has issued an advisory for people returning from China who are being tested at various airports of India.