Kashmir’s First Positive Patient Returns Home

Baramulla: People strictly practising social distancing while they queue up to buy medicines outside a medical store during 21-day long nationwide lockdown imposed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19, in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla on March 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Kashmir’s first positive case, the 65-year-old woman from downtown Srinagar is completely cured and is back home where she would now follow the mandatory quarantine of 14 days or 28 days as advised by the doctors.

Before she was discharged from the Sher-e-Kashmir institute of medical sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar, doctors said she tested negative for the virus twice.

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All her contacts have also fortunately tested negative. She had returned to Srinagar after the ‘Umrah’ pilgrimage from Saudi Arabia on March 16.

A controversy was woven around her by saying that she had escaped screening at Srinagar airport because of her IPS son-in-law who used influence to sneak her out without screening.

The officer, a local, not only denied the report, but also volunteered along with his family to go into self-quarantine.

With the woman leaving the hospital fully cured, the controversy unnecessarily raked around her son-in-law serving the police department must settle down for good.