Coronavirus: 488 Complete Quarantine, Go Home

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Srinagar

Four hundred and eighty-eight (488) more persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged on Friday after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period.

Students wearing face-masks pose for a group photograph after completing 14-days of quarantine at a hotel as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Srinagar on April 3, 2020. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

All these persons put under quarantine in well-equipped hotels and government accommodations had returned from different overseas countries with most of them having returned from Bangladesh.

Making the parting comments, students in Kashmir share their experience and urge people to stay home. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

These persons belonging to different districts of Kashmir 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 in-charge 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.

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Syed Hanief Balkhi, who is overseeing the quarantine facilities in Srinagar, said those discharged comprised mostly students who are pursuing MBBS in Bangladesh.

Out from completing the quarantine period successfully, a student shows a victory sign in Srinagar on Friday, April 3, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Balkhi said all these individuals were taken to the quarantine facilities under protocol after their proper screening at Srinagar Airport.

He said shifting people with travel history to quarantine facilities was part of elaborate preventive measures put in place to contain spread of the COVID19.

He said those discharged have set an example for others who concealed hide travel history.

The group was under thorough medical supervision throughout their quarantine period and was discharged after clearance from doctors.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

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

People wearing face-masks walk with their belongings after completing 14-days of quarantine at a hotel during government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Srinagar on April 3, 2020. KL Image : Bilal Bahadur

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

Policemen bidding adieu to the fourth batch of people who left for their homes after a fortnight-long stay in a quarantine facility in Srinagar on April 3, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

So far 1126 people have completed quarantine period and have been discharged after being declared fit by doctors.

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