Kashmir’s first COVID-19 patient discharged from hospital, another treated successfully

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Srinagar: Amid rise in the number of Coronavirus cases in the Union territory of J&K, the first person to be tested positive for the infection in the valley was discharged from hospital after fully recovering.
Meanwhile, another COVID-19 positive patient admitted in C D hospital in Srinagar tested negative for the infection on Thursday.

An official said that a 65-year-old woman from Khanyar has recovered and has been discharged from S K institute of medical sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar. “The woman was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday after she tested negative for the virus twice,” he said.

He said the doctors have advised her to follow mandatory quarantine period of 14 day in home.

She became the first person to be tested positive for the infection in the valley on March 18. The woman had returned to Srinagar after Umrah in Saudi Arabia on March 16. Following surfacing the positive case, authorities imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar from March 18.

“Good news from CD hospital. First patient admitted in CD hospital turns negative,” C D Hospital doctor Naveed Shah tweeted.
Eight more persons, including five from Jammu and three from Kashmir, were on Thursday tested positive for Coronavirus, taking the total number of infected people to 70 in J&K.
The authorities on Thursday said that strict restrictions in ‘Red Zone’ areas was indispensable till all precautions were in place to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.

The development comes a day after Chief Secretary BVR Subhramanyam asked to implement lockdown restrictions in ‘Red Zones’ in even more serious manner.