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Arrangements put in place for foreign travellers testing positive: DDMA

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SRINAGAR: District Disaster Management Authority, Srinagar has put in place arrangements as per ICMR guidelines pursuant to foreign travellers testing positive for Covid-19 on arrival at Srinagar which includes institutional quarantine and other logistics arrangements. Guidelines have been notified for Covid-19 containment in view of new cases.

An official communiqué issued here today said that District Administration in coordination with Department of Health has earmarked institutional quarantine and healthcare arrangements for contacts of Covid-19 travellers as per guidelines issued by the Ministry. Meanwhile, UK travellers testing positive for Covid-19 are admitted for hospital isolation.

In a meeting chaired by Chairman District Health Society and DDMA it was informed that contrary to some reports appearing in media  two cases of foreign travellers tested positive are yet to be conformed for UK strain as the samples have to be sent to and tested at Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) Lab for genome study. A total of 21 passengers travelling from UK have been tested so far and two cases testing positive for Covid-19 have travelled from Italy and UK respectively.

Meanwhile, a robust public health Surveillance and contact tracing has been initiated for the same. The Covid Positive patients have been shifted in Hospital Isolation and their contacts are identified and are being quarantined for observation and to be tested accordingly, said the communiqué.

It said that DC Srinagar emphasised that in view of research and studies about COVID variant strains still at an early or emerging state precautions shall be taken for all foreign travellers to avoid any risk to the local population.

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