6 more coronavirus suspects test negative at SKIMS

SKIMS calls police as miscreants throw stones at isolation facility

Srinagar: The six individuals admitted to the isolation facility of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura due to symptoms of novel Coronavirus, have been tested negative of the deadly virus, officials said on Tuesday.
Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq A Jan said six persons having travel history to Coronavirus affected countries had been tested negative of the virus.
“Although the test reports show that all six persons are clear from coronavirus, they are still under observation in the quarantine ward as a precautionary measure,” he said.
“We will discharge them soon once the flu-like symptoms are treated completely,” he said.
Dr Jan said SKIMS also received a fresh coronavirus suspect on Tuesday who has a travel history to Iran.
“We have admitted him to the separate isolation ward of the premium institute and his samples are under examination in SKIMS lab. We will receive his test reports on Wednesday,” he said.
The MS said that SKIMS Soura will upgrade isolation facilities in wake of the increasing coronavirus suspects and cases of flu.
SKIMS has set up a 25-bed facility for quarantine and isolation facility and the wards have been set up outside the main hospital building.
“Those tested negative are being kept in quarantine ward while those who are suspects will be admitted to the isolation ward,” Dr Jan said.
Meanwhile, the hospital administration had to call police after some miscreants threw stones at the isolation facility on Monday evening.
“Panic gripped SKIMS on Monday after some persons pelted stones on the isolation facility set up for coronavirus. We called police immediately and the situation was brought under control,” a doctor, wishing anonymity, told Kashmir Reader.
“I think the local residents have apprehension that Coronavirus infection will spread in their locality due tp the isolation facility,” he said.
His version was also corroborated by an administrator
However, police said the stone-pelting was “just a rumour”.
SHO Soura Tanveer Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he also heard reports of an attack on the isolation ward. However, he said, police couldn’t establish any such incident happening.
“I think it was just a rumour,” he said.
“We have visited the spot and assured the administration and patients that police are there for their protection. We are prepared to face any eventuality as our men are patrolling the area 24/7,” he said.

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