Coronavirus: 236 Complete Quarantine, Go Home

SRINAGAR: Authorities on Wednesday sent 236 persons home after they completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine. They all had flown from far off destinations, some of which had reported the presence of the viral infection, Additional DC Srinagar, Syed Hanief Balkhi said.

Officials bidding adieu to the second batch of people who left for their homes after a fortnight-long stay in a quarantine facility in Srinagar on April 1, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Those who went home included 56 persons from the Silver Star Hotel, 22 from the EDI, Pampore, 48 from the Civil Services Institute, Paraypora, and 24 from Hotel Adhan.

This is the second batch of travellers who were quarantined soon after their arrival at the Srinagar airport. Under the WHO guidelines, people who move from Covid-19 impacted places must stay away to quarantine for not less than 14 days. These people have been asked to stay at home quatrain for the time being. On Tuesday, a batch of 78 individuals was sent home amongst claps by the cops and the civil administration as they boarded the buses read to drop at their residences.

The Quarantined Life

Balkhi said almost sixty per cent of those who went home from quarantine were female. Most of them were students who had flown from Bangladesh, Romania, Thailand, and various central Asian countries. “They were from all the districts across Kashmir and we have driven them home,” Balkhi said. “Right now we are in the process of finalising the details of 242 other travellers who will complete the mandatory 14-days quarantine on Thursday, April 2.”

Girls watching from the window of quarantine centre in Srinagar after 236 persons were sent home after they completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine on Wednesday, April 01, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

These persons belonging to different districts of Kashmir were entrusted to their 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.

It is notable that there are around 1900 persons who have been put under administrative quarantine in Srinagar after their return mostly from overseas countries.

While another group of around 370 persons will complete their quarantine and will be released tomorrow all the overseas-return persons in administrative quarantine in the district will complete their quarantine period by the end of this week and will be sent home as they complete it.

Girls wearing face-masks board in a bus to left for their homes after completing 14-days of quarantine at a hotel Dilshan at Umerabad HMT in Srinagar on April 1 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Shifting of overseas-return persons into quarantine facilities was part of Srinagar administration’s elaborate preventive measures put in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease after March 18 when the first positive case was reported in the district.


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