COVID19: Italian couple, 2 other foreigners entered Kashmir today
Srinagar, Mar 18: Despite a ban on foreign tourists entering Kashmir, the Government Wednesday allowed the entry of at least four foreign tourists including a couple from Italy into the valley.
The entry of foreign tourists has been banned in Jammu and
Kashmir as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of novel coronavirus
The order to ban the entry of foreign tourists was recently
issued by Baseer Khan, the Adviser to the Lieutenant Governor.
Quoting sources local news agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT) reported
that four tourists landed at Srinagar Airport on Wednesday.
“Among those who arrived in Srinagar were a couple from Italy, a citizen from the United States and one from Russia. Ironically, the authorities didn’t deport these tourists and allowed them to enter into Kashmir,” the news agency reported.
Sources, as per it, added that all the four tourists hired a
cab at the Srinagar Airport and are staying in a houseboat (name withheld) somewhere
near Nehru Park.
Confirming the same, District Development Commissioner
Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary said the four tourists will be sent back on
“There is nothing to worry. We had issued the advisory last
night but these tourists were already present in India and they have toured Rajasthan
and other areas. We have done proper screening and they will be sent back
tomorrow,” the DC was quoted saying by KNT.
COVID-19 has been declared an epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir, and surveillance personnel have been authorized to enter any premises to look for suspects infected with the virus. (With inputs from KNT)