Three more persons test positive for coronavirus in Ladakh; total cases 13

Three more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to thirteen, officials said.

Commissioner Secretary (Health) Rigzin Samphel told Greater Kashmir: “The samples of three more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh.” Those affected include an army soldier as well.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research revised its strategy to fight the spread of the new coronavirus on Saturday, saying all hospitalised patients with severe acute respiratory illness, shortness of breath and having fever and cough will now be tested for COVID-19 infection.

The new ICMR guidelines also said asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact.

The apex body for biomedical research revised its strategy in view of a spurt in coronavirus cases in the country this week. The new strategy aims to contain the spread of infection more effectively and to provide reliable diagnosis to all individuals meeting the inclusion criteria of COVID-19 testing.