SRINAGAR: Officials stated on Wednesday that 53 arrested Rohingyas tested positive for COVID-19 during a special three-day testing session at a detention centre in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

As per a report published in the Daily Excelsior, the drive was started on Monday and the internees were screened in batches but all those who returned positive are asymptomatic and were isolated within the holding center as per the guidelines, the officials said.

“A total of 53 Rohingyas were found positive during screening since Monday and all of them are asymptomatic. We are keeping a watch on their condition,” Chief Medical Officer, Kathua, Ashok Chaudhary said.

The report further stated that “at least 220 Rohingyas, including women and children, are presently lodged in the holding center after they were found living illegally in Jammu city during a verification drive in March. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has already started the process of their deportation.”

“Fifty-eight eligible Rohingyas have already been inoculated in a vaccination drive on April 6, the officials said as per the Daily Excelsior.

Last week, 92 prisoners had tested positive – 72 in Udhampur and 20 in Kupwara. Earlier, 21 Covid19 positive cases were detected in Kathua jail and one inmate each in Jammu and Kot Balwal jails. Ever since Covid19 came to Jammu and Kashmir, three prisoners were killed by the disease- one person each in district jail Rajouri, Sub-jail Bhaderwah and recently Ashraf Sehraie in Udhampur.


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