J&K man may have infected 100, family says that's not the case

SRINAGAR: The family of J&k'sfirstvictim,covid-19,a65-year-oldpreacher,hascontestedclaimsbyhealthofficialsthatthedeceasedmayhaveputhundredsofpeopleatriskbyattendingtworeligiousgatheringsthelastweekandhideyourtravelhistoryinthelastfortnightfourpeopleyouwereincontactwithhavealreadytestedpositiveforcovid-19.

themanassistedthetablighijamaatcongregationonaplane,train,androadtriptodelhi,upandbacktoj&kbeforehediedofcovid-19,authoritiesquotedptiassaying.healsowenttojammu,wherehevisitedseveralmosques.amongitspossiblevictimsisadoctorwhofightsforlifeinahospital.

aftersopore'sbusinessman-preacherdiedonthursday,officialsdrewupalistofmorethan400topcontactswithwhomhehadinteractedinthedaysbeforehisdeath.authoritiessaidthekashmiribusinessmanleftdelhionmarch9andtookatraincartogotoameetingatdarululoom'sseminary.twodayslater,onmarch11,hetookanothertraintojammu.authoritiessaidmanyofhisco-sengershavebeentrackedandquarantined.

“myfatherhadnorecenthistoryofinternationaltravel.contrarytoaccusationsthatheescapedfromthehospital,hewasadvisedofhomequarantine,theman'ssonsaid.

however,sourcessaidthepreachervisitedjhelumvalleymedicalcollegeandhospitalinsrinagaronsaturdayafterhavingdifficultybreathing.apreliminaryexaminationrevealedthesymptomsofcovid-19,butheallegedlyfledthehospitalafterbeingreferredtoskimsmedicalcollegeinsoura,thenodalcasecenteratj&k.thedirectorofthenationalhealthmissionappealedtoallwhomayhavebeenincontactwiththepreachertovolunteerforthetests.

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