Coronavirus: 81 passengers from Leh quarantine in Srinagar

Srinagar

The Srinagar administration Wednesday sent 81 passengers travelling in the Air India flight which arrived at Srinagar airport from Leh this morning to undergo quarantining for a two-week period before being allowed to proceed to their respective destinations.

The shifting of the travellers to quarantine facilities is a preventive measure to ensure that these persons are not infected with COVID-19 and is a part of larger measures and efforts of the district administration to prevent the spread of the infection in Srinagar.

The remaining 25 passengers preferred to return to Leh and flew back.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has ordered restricted entry of travellers from Leh and Kargil areas to Srinagar.

The order issued under powers vested in the DM under the disaster management act 2005 states that only those travellers can enter Srinagar who have undergone quarantine for the specified two-week period immediately before the intending date of travel and certified and cleared by the competent medical authority in Ladakh.

Travellers from Ladakh who will not have undergone quarantine in their region will have to undergo quarantine in Srinagar before being allowed to proceed.

It should be noted these restrictions have been ordered after surfacing of several confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Ladakh region and are aimed at preventing the spread of the infection in Srinagar.

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