Amid coronavirus fear, Jammu and Kashmir administration has been informed by the Indian Council of Medical Research that the samples would be sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for testing.
“All the samples from Jammu Kashmir will be transported to testing at AIIMS, New Delhi,” read a communication issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research to the Health and Medical Education Department, J&K.
The nodal Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) which would coordinate the shipment of suspected samples for coronavirus testing would be collected from J&K in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura.
Earlier, the authorities in Jammu Kashmir had been sending the samples of suspected cases of the novel virus for testing to National Institute of Virology, Pune.
Screening for identification of coronavirus is going in J&K, but at present, no one has been found to be suffering from this disease.
An official in the Health department said, in J&K, at least 128 people having travel history from China had been put under observation in the past one month.
“No one among them has been tested positive so far,” the Health official said.
In view of the coronavirus threat, the hospitals in Kashmir have already set up isolation facilities in place across the Valley’s hospitals.
The death toll in China has gone up to 2236, mostly from the hard-hit Hubei province while the overall confirmed infection cases have climbed to 75,465.
On January 31, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.
The WHO has said it was working to expand scientific knowledge, to track the spread and virulence of the virus and provide advice to countries to prevent the outbreak.