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14002 labourers arriving in Kashmir tested for COVID-19: Admin

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday said it has collected 14002 samples of  labourers arriving at Qazigund toll post in the Valley for COVID-19 testing from July 14 to 20.

The officials said that the samples are being collected from the labourers who are arriving at Jammu and Kashmir from several other states and UTs.

According to the figures, a total of 1012 samples were collected on July 14, of which, only six samples were tested positive while results for remaining 12990 of the total 14002 samples collected are awaited, said the officials.

“A total of 1012 samples were collected from the arriving labourers at Toll Post Qazigund on July 14; 2227 on July 15; 2099 on July 16; 2350 on July 17;  2893 samples were collected on July 18; 2000 on July 19; and 1421 on July 20 for corona virus testing,” said the officials.

The administration was apparently responding to criticism from various quarters as to why thousands of labourers from other parts of the country are being allowed into the Kashmir Valley without being first tested for COVID-19.

There are apprehensions that these labourers are not observing the quarantine guidelines till their test reports are available.

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