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Div Com Kashmir briefs on COVID-19

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SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, said that the COVID-19 suspects who have foreign travel history and are currently in quarantine will be released, in case they test negative, within three days and will be put in home quarantine for 14 days.

The Div Com stated this during a meeting with the KCCI representatives and members of civil society groups, convened to inform them about the preparedness and arrangements made by the Divisional Administration to combat COVID-19 infection across the valley.

He said that at present, positive COVID-19 cases have came from contact groups and all of them  have been traced and quarantined and the administration has dedicated CD, Dalgate, SKIMS , Soura  and SKIMS, Bemina hospitals in Srinagar besides sub district hospitals of Pattan and Sopore and one building each at other district hospitals exclusively for COVID-19 disease.

Pole further informed them that Kashmir University’s Zakura Campus and NIT Hazratbal were also earmarked for administrative quarantine. Each institution has 300 bed capacities. Regarding availability of Ventilators, he said that only 5% to 7% Corona cases need Ventilators and valley has sufficient stock to cater critical cases. For quick transportation, adequate numbers of Critical Care ambulances have been deployed at all COVID-19 hospitals.

He reiterated that overall situation is under control in the valley and there is no need to panic and that the administration is prepared for any exigency.

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