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Coronavirus in Ladakh: Two more test positive

Last Updated on April 25, 2020 at 8:05 pm

Two more persons have tested positive for Coronavirus in Ladakh including one from Bogdang in Nubra of Leh district and the other from Sankoo village of Kargil district, taking the total number of active cases to four in Ladakh.

Commissioner/Secretary (Health) Rigzin Samphel informed about the development on Saturday.

A total of 148 COVID-19 results were received from NCDC New Delhi, with 121 sample reports of Leh and 27 sample reports of Kargil district.

Speaking to the media Samphel informed that the positive case of Sankoo village had a travel history to Iran and had reached Delhi on the 26th Feb and had further traveled to Leh from Delhi on the 3rd of March. The samples of all the co-passengers will be collected and tested. The area of Sankoo is already under containment, and contact tracing will be carried out following the procedure as per the protocol.      

The Bogdang (Gunisthang village) positive case had a travel history to Gujrat and had reached Chandigarh on 2nd February and had reached Thoise of Nubra on 9th March. All the 180 fellow passengers’ samples will be collected for testing and decision has been taken to collect 500 samples of Bogdang area for testing.   

Both the positive patients have been shifted to the respective dedicated COVID-19 hospitals in Leh and Kargil. Their family members were also shifted to quarantine facility centers.

Rigzin Samphel repeatedly appealed the general public to disclose their travel history to Gujrat, foreign countries and visit to Tabligi-Jamaat markaz, and must get themselves registered with the District Administration or the nearest block or District Hospitals and get examined.

Responding to a query about the issue of difficulty in collecting samples from areas such as Chuchot-Yokma, Samphel stated the representatives of the concerned area has been contacted to streamline coordination. The graph of Coronavirus in Ladakh has been almost flattened due to consistent efforts.

The Media Bulletin of the Directorate of Health Services of UT Administration Ladakh informed that the condition of 4 active COVID-19 cases in UT Ladakh is stable. NTPHC Hanu staff conducted a normal delivery on 23rd April 2020. Both the mother and baby are in good health.

A team of specialist doctors of Medical Department of UT Ladakh also conducted Health camps at Koyul, Dungti, Hanu Gongma and Yokma villages in Leh district.