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COVID 19: Hajin man had visited multiple places; massive contact tracing launched in two districts

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Srinagar: Massive drive has been launched to trace primary and secondary contacts of the coronavirus positive man who died on Tuesday.

A 52-year-old man from Gund Jehangeer village of Hajin area in Bandipora district died at SMHS Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.


The deceased has been unwell for some time and had visited many places in Bandipora and Baramulla district for his treatment for the last one week.

The administration has sounded an alert in both these districts to trace people whom he met during the last one week.

As per sources, the deceased had visited a private hospital in Pahallan and Pattan areas of Baramulla earlier this week for a general check-up.  The district administration has now put many villages in Pattan under surveillance and started quarantining people.

Sub District Magistrate, Pattan, Syed Naseer Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that the hospital has been converted into quarantine facility and all the medical staff and primary contacts have been put under observation.

“We have traced people who visited the hospital on that day. Strict restrictions will be imposed in villages including Palhallan, Wusan and Pattan town. Our medical team is conducting door-to-door inspection to trace the possible contacts,” he said.

Ahmad said the primary contacts of the deceased will be put under mandatory quarantine. “Secondary contacts will be put under home quarantine,” he said.

An official said that nearly a dozen villages in Pattan area have been identified where the possible contacts of the deceased have been traced.

Sopore administration has also started tracing people since the deceased had also visited the place recently.  In Bandipora, the administration has gone into an overdrive to find the possible contacts of the deceased.

Sub District Magistrate, Sumbal, Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari told The Kashmir Monitor that they have informed the Deputy Commissioner regarding the recent travel history of the deceased.

“The deceased was bedridden for a long time and had visited a few places in connection with his treatment. Based on the information provided by family, we have intimated DCs of the districts to take action,” he said.

Bukhari said they have also traced the people in the Hajin block whom the deceased met or interacted with.

“Our medical team is currently on ground to monitor the health condition of the people with whom the deceased had contacts,” he said.