Kashmir was put beneath digital lockdown on Thursday as authorities scrambled by way of the earlier night time to give you a method to comprise the unfold of coronavirus within the valley, a day after a lady with journey historical past to Saudi Arabia examined optimistic for the illness.
Public transport in Srinagar metropolis, the summer time capital of the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory, was ordered off the roads, whereas markets have been shut on orders of the authorities.
The steps have been taken hours after a 67-year-old girl from Khanyar, who had returned on March 16 from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, examined optimistic for COVID-19, officers mentioned right here.
Because the contaminated particular person was not positioned beneath any quarantine or isolation upon her return, the authorities needed to seal off the whole neighbourhood of Khanyar falling inside 300 metres radius of the affected affected person’s residence, the officers mentioned.
A number of relations of the contaminated girl who had major contact along with her have been suggested to bear exams whereas others, who may need had secondary contact with the affected person, have been requested to bear self-isolation for 2 weeks.
In an effort to comprise unfold of the an infection in Srinagar district, the administration constituted and activated 21 medical groups for holding house-to-house inspections and accumulating information in and across the space the place the contaminated particular person resides, they mentioned.
“The medical groups went to all homes inside 300 metres radius surrounding the home of the contaminated particular person and performed related investigations to determine whether or not somebody had come into contact with the contaminated particular person,” they added.
The officers mentioned the medical groups, every of which contains three professionals together with a physician, have been well-equipped with private protecting gear and gadgets and diagnostic tools to make sure protected conduct of the train and proper investigations.
Income and Srinagar Municipal Company officers assisted the medical groups in the course of the train and magistrates have been additionally a part of the efforts to make sure its clean conduct.
The administration additionally performed thorough sanitisation of the whole space. Nicely-equipped groups of Srinagar Municipal Company went in and round disinfecting the whole space.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary mentioned the train within the space was being performed primarily based on the worldwide normal working process on this matter and the purpose was to comprise unfold of the an infection.
Mr Chaudhary urged all of the individuals, who may need are available in contact with the affected person after her return from Saudi Arabia on Monday, to report on the nearest well being facility or contact the management room.
“It”s necessary that individuals who are available in contact with coronavirus optimistic case(s) ought to instantly report back to nearest well being facility or our 24*7 management room,” he mentioned.
Regional Transport Officer Kashmir has imposed a ban on all types of public transport inside Srinagar metropolis whereas additionally banning entry of any public transport car from adjoining districts of the summer time capital.
Mr Chaudhary mentioned the restrictions on the motion and meeting of individuals was to forestall unfold of the virus.
“The restrictions on public gatherings, meeting and motion in lots of areas are geared toward avoiding unfold of any doubtless circumstances,” he tweeted and urged individuals to cooperate.
The deputy commissioner warned in opposition to any hearsay mongering about coronavirus.
“Rumours and unverified info shared on social media will definitely appeal to strict motion. Let”s act like accountable residents. Each info and advisory might be shared formally,” he mentioned.
The authorities have suspended the practice providers on the Banihal-Srinagar-Baramulla axis after studies of overcrowding of trains which was making screening of the passengers troublesome.
Whereas instructional establishments throughout Kashmir have already been closed, the authorities within the metropolis have shut down virtually all public locations together with gymnasiums, golf equipment and eating places.
Many of the 10 districts within the valley have restrictions in place on meeting of 4 or extra individuals beneath Part 144 CrPC.
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