SRINAGAR: After the students and foreign travellers started completing their mandatory 14 days quarantine, authorities have started permitting them to return home. It started with a group of 78 individuals who left for home on Monday.
“They completed their 14 days and there were hale and hearty,” Syed Hanief Balkhi, the additional DC Srinagar, who is overseeing the quarantine facilities in Srinagar, said. “It was a must for the larger good.”
Balkhi said the 78 individuals who left for the home were in the quarantine facility at Heemal Hotel on the Boulevard. They were part of almost 40 similar facilities where more than 2000 people, mostly who travelled from abroad, were quarantined.
This group of people was the first to be quarantined. They all had come from Leh where the first case was Coronavirus was reported in the region.
“By Tuesday, I believe another batch of almost 36 persons who are in the quarantine facility that was set up in the Silver Star Hotel,” Balkhi said. “Now it will be a regular process.” He said these people are still advised to stay in home quarantine for the time being.
Balkhi said that quarantine is and continues to be the only sure system of ensuring social distancing especially about the people who had flown from far off places. He said most of the travellers quarantined were all right and were taken care of as per the systems and availability of resources.
The people who completed their quarantine belonged to various places across Kashmir including Kupwara, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama. some of them are residents of Srinagar from Chanapora and Nishat.