Keeping pace with pilgrims who visited Iran, major concern
Srinagar, Mar 11:
Keeping pace with the number of locals coming home after pilgrimage to holy
Shia Muslim shrines in Iran is a major issue involving prevention of the
dreaded coronavirus in J&K and Ladakh.
to be quoted by name officials in J&K admit that dealing with the number of
locals arriving from Iran is a major medical and administrative challenge.
of the people arriving back and the concern that none of them becomes a threat
to the locals is of course a major concern”, said an official.
The only positive
case of coronavirus detected so far in J&K came to light last week in Jammu
city when a Shia Muslim lady who arrived back on February 23 from Iran tested
positive for the virus.
Reports said the
lady belonged to a group of Shia pilgrims from Kargil district who had gone to
There is no
official word so far whether or not the other members of the group were
subjected to the mandatory quarantine or virological tests before they were
allowed to join their families.
Around 50 Shia
pilgrims who arrived back from Iran recently belonged to the central Budgam
district in the Valley.
kept all of them in an isolation ward till they pass off the mandatory
quarantine period, which as per the latest requirement, is 28 days instead of
14 days as was believed earlier.
belonging to Pulwama district of the Valley were Wednesday admitted to the
isolation ward of the super specialty Sher-e-Kashmir institute of medical
sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar city.
Doctors at the
institute said both had a recent travel history abroad, but their test results
are still awaited although they have flu symptoms.
In addition to
the pilgrims arriving back from Iran, around 300 local students studying there
are expected to reach home in the Valley before the end of this month.
Ladakh have shut all schools up to the higher secondary level in addition to
closing the child nutrition and healthcare ”Anganwadi” centres across the UT.
In Jammu city all
cinemas have been closed and social and religious organisations have been
advised to avoid large congregations.
are out of market in the Valley as dealers said people indulging in panic buying
had emptied their stocks.
Schools up to the
primary level and Anganwadi centres have been closed in the Valley and the
Jammu and Samba districts.
regularly issuing advisories asking people not to panic claiming that the
mortality rate among COVID-19 patients is as low as 4 per cent.
have never helped fight panic. Aggressive control and preventive measures alone
can do that,” said Bashir Ahmad, a retired veterinarian. (IANS)