Paid accommodation, free food: Two hotels on Dal Lake designated as COVID centres
Srinagar: Amid a spike in the coronavirus cases, Srinagar district administration has designated two hotels on the banks of Dal Lake as COVID Care Centers.
Hotel Shah Abbas at Boulevard Road and Hotel Dawer Heevon at Nishat will serve as COVID Care Centers for asymptomatic positive patients.
Hotel isolation will be recommended for those people who are positive but have no symptoms and are ready to pay for the facilities.
“Many people don’t want to stay in government facilities. Two hotels have been notified for those people who are ready to pay. Each patient will be allotted one room with attached washroom for which he or she will have to pay Rs 500-600 per day. The food will be served by the administration without any charges,” Irtiza Fakhrudin, District Disaster Management Officer (DDMO) told The Kashmir Monitor.
Apart from paid hotel accommodation, she said that the administration has notified seven more buildings for COVID Care Centers to augment the increasing bed strength. All COVID Care Centers are for the asymptomatic positive or very mild cases. Those patients with serious conditions will be admitted to COVID-19 hospitals.
The notified accommodation include the National Institute of Technology, Kashmir University’s Zakura Campus, IMPA, Hajj house Bemina, Sanat Nagar marriage hall, Indoor Stadium, and Reliance Building at Hyderpora.
The capacity of government-designated COVID-19 hospital is 1300 beds and the two hotels can accommodate around 150 patients.
“Our priority will be to accommodate patients in government health care centers. In case there is a need for more COVID-19 centers, more buildings will be converted into COVID centers. So far only two hotels have been designated. Plus seven other private buildings have also been taken over,” she said.
The pandemic has claimed the lives of 222 people so far, of whom 204 are from Kashmir division and the rest are from Jammu. For the last three weeks, there has been an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases in the valley.
Jammu and Kashmir has 12156 positive cases. of whom 5488 are active. Srinagar district continues to be COVID19 hotspot in Kashmir The district has 2345 COVID positive cases.
Of 481452 samples tested, 469296 have come back negative till July 16, 2020.
Additionally, to date, 323038 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance. They include 38581 persons under home quarantine, 13 in hospital quarantine, 5488 in hospital isolation, and 43875 under home surveillance. Besides, 234859 persons have completed their surveillance period.