COVID19: 144 more head home after completing quarantine; 1722 discharged so far

A youth heading home after completing his quarantine period in a Srinagar hotel on Monday (Photo KM/Umar Ganie)

Srinagar, Apr 6: As many as 144 more persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged Monday after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period.

All these persons had returned to Srinagar two weeks ago and were put under quarantine in hotels the district administration has requisitioned for use as quarantine facilities.

While most in it belonged to Srinagar this group also included those belonging to other districts of Kashmir. Upon discharge the latter 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 incharge 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.

The group like all others before was under thorough medical supervision throughout their quarantine period and was discharged after clearance from doctors and health authorities.

The remaining overseas-return or domestic travellers in administrative quarantine in the district will complete their quarantine period and will be sent home this week.

Shifting of overseas-return and later domestic travellers into quarantine facilities was part of Srinagar administration’s elaborate preventive measures put in place to contain spread of the COVID-19 disease.

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