Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SRINAGAR — Authorities on Thursday decided to close OPD section at SMHS hospital here amid growing threat of Coronavirus spread in Srinagar where a sexagenarian woman yesterday tested positive, making it the first case of COVID-19 in Kashmir Valley.

Official sources said that the decision to close Out Patient Department (OPD) section at SMHS hospital has been taken to stem the spread of Coronavirus.

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Principal GMC Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, when contacted, said that she was in a meeting and “would talk about it later.”

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Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhary did not give a clear reply and said that “the one who visited the hospital was seen.” He dropped the call even as a number of doctors at the hospital confirmed that the OPD facility was closed in “right earnest to prevent spread of the Coronavirus and that people should cooperate.”

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