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236 more persons discharged after completing two-week quarantine period in Srinagar

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People clap as a student wearing mask walk with her belongings after completing 14-days of quarantine in Srinagar on  01 April 2020. Photo/Javed Khan

SRINAGAR: Two hundred and thirty-six (236) more persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged Wednesday after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period.

All these persons shifted into well-equipped hotels and government accommodations had returned from different overseas countries with most of them having returned from Bangladesh, an official spokesman said.

These persons belonging to different districts of Kashmir were entrusted to their district headquarters in SRTC busses the Srinagar administration had arranged for their convenience. Srinagar residents in the group were all ferried home or entrusted to their families.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar M Haneef Balkhi who has been designated as overall incharge of quarantine facilities established in the district oversaw their discharge and their transportation. Other supervising officers including SDMs East and West Sandeep Singh Bali and Hamida Akhter were also present on the occasion.

The group was under thorough medical supervision throughout their quarantine period and were discharged after clearance from doctors.

It is notable that there are around 1900 persons who have been put under administrative quarantine in Srinagar after their return mostly from overseas countries.

While another group of around 370 persons will complete their quarantine and will be released tomorrow all the overseas-return persons in administrative quarantine in the district will complete their quarantine period by the end of this week and will be sent home as they complete it.

Shifting of overseas-return persons into quarantine facilities was part of Srinagar administration’s elaborate preventive measures put in place to contain spread of the COVID-19 disease after March 18 when the first positive case was reported in the district.

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