One hundred and forty-four (144) more persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged on Monday after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period.

A lady wearing face-mask walk with her belongings after completing 14-days of quarantine at a hotel Lala Rukh in Srinagar during government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Srinagar on April 6, 2020. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

All these persons having returned back in Srinagar two weeks ago had been put under quarantine in top-grade hotels the district administration has requisitioned for use as quarantine facilities.

While most in it belonged to Srinagar this group also included those belonging to other districts of Kashmir. Upon discharge, the latter were entrusted to their respective district headquarters in SRTC busses the Srinagar administration had arranged for their convenience. Srinagar residents in the group were all ferried home or entrusted to their families.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar M Haneef Balkhi who has been designated as overall incharge of quarantine facilities established in the district oversaw their discharge and their transportation. Other supervising officers including SDM East Sandeep Singh Bali were also present on the occasion.

The group like all others before was under thorough medical supervision throughout their quarantine period and was discharged after clearance from doctors.

On Sunday, a batch of 165 individuals was sent home amongst claps by the cops and the civil administration as they boarded the buses read to drop at their residences. A total number of persons discharged so far is now 1722.

There are around 1,900 persons who have been put under administrative quarantine in Srinagar after their return mostly from overseas countries.


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