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COVID19: Kupwara youth who travelled to Delhi played cricket, visited market, hid history

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Srinagar: For three weeks a student from Kupwara with travel history to Delhi who was tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday mingled with people in his district.

Taking the case lightly, the district administration had advised the student from Dragmulla to go for home quarantine, but caring a fig for the advice, the student roamed freely, visited mosque, purchased grocery and vegetables, interacted with friends and even played cricket since his arrival in native village on March 15.


Administration which is right now busy in tracing the contacts of this Covid-19 patient believes that he might have come into contact with over 1000 people. This has panicked people who blame authorities for negligence.

 “He was kept for three days in a quarantine centre and then asked to stay at home. Why were his samples not taken and why people were put at risk?” locals questioned.

Concerned Nodal Officer for Coronavirus, Muhammad Iliyas said the student concealed his travel history and he didn’t reveal that he had been to Nizamuddin area.

“We traced his location and put many under observation,” he said.

District Development Commissioner Kupwara, Ansul Garg too said that the infected person was asymptomatic and concealed his travel history.

“When administration contacted him, he tweeted and accused us of harassment. We came to know that he was in Nizamuddin area through his cell phone,” he said and appealed people not to hide their travel history. (KNT)