15,000 Travellers Arrived In Valley Since March 1: Report


Amid the fear of growing Covid spread, the government has traced nearly 15,000 travellers who arrived in Kashmir— both from abroad and domestic travel— since March 1 till the flights were suspended across the country, reported The Tribune.

Students wearing protective masks wait outside a quarantine centre for a bus as they leave for home after completing their quarantine period in Srinagar, 02 April 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

According to a report published in The Tribune, officials said while many of them had been quarantined many were under home surveillance.

“We have traced all those people who arrived in Kashmir both from abroad and other states. Many of them have been put under quarantine in government accommodations and the rest are under home surveillance. The data has been prepared with the help of airlines as many people were hiding their travel history,” a senior government official said.

Earlier, the Srinagar district administration started a website and an online application ‘Talash’ to trace people who had travel history outside. It helped people either to register voluntarily or helped others to inform the authorities who were hiding their travel history. The government has announced strict action for those hiding their travel history as the government fears that they can be potential carriers of Covid-19 virus and prefers to put them in isolation.

The highest number of people have arrived in Srinagar which is over 4,000 and in Pulwama district, more than 3,000 persons have come from outside. The third-highest number of nearly 2,000 persons have arrived in Kupwara district and Bandipora each.

Many villages in Bandipora district, Pulwama and Srinagar have been declared as red-zones where positive cases for Covid-19 have been detected. The total number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 70 and two persons have recovered so far.

While nearly 4,000 persons have completed their quarantine, the officials said nearly 3,000 continued to be under quarantine facilities set up by the administration. He said over 7,000 persons were under home quarantine.

“We want that there should be no community outbreak that’s why tough measures are being taken and all travellers are being traced,” the official said.

The total number of persons under hospital isolation are 48, including 11 persons from Bandipora district and 25 from Srinagar, and the rest from Budgam, Pulwama and Shopian. The official figures show that currently, 525 persons are under hospital quarantine in Kashmir, reported The Tribune.


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