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