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JK exempts returning forces from Covid tests, administrative quarantine

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Srinagar:  Jammu and Kashmir government Monday exempted security forces returning to duties from the mandatory COVID-19 testing and administrative quarantine.

Earlier, the government through its three different orders had laid down a protocol for 100 percent testing of all incoming passengers by train, air or road with mandatory administrative quarantine.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has now exempted personnel of defense and Central Armed Police Force joining their duties in the union territory from compulsory 100 percent testing and administrative quarantine.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam in his order said the forces shall be allowed to proceed, who will be quarantined in their respective units.

“They shall be allowed to proceed to the institutional quarantine of their respective units, formations for necessary quarantine as per the internal procedures,” the order said.

Anantnag  District Police Line in south Kashmir have emerged as the new Covid-19 hotspot after 78 cops tested positive last month.

The army, police, and CRPF have set up isolation wards in their respective units in Jammu and Kashmir for quarantining the personnel who are returning to duty.