400 persons concealed travel history: SCR gets complaints

The Srinagar control room established for coordinating measures to contain coronavirus spread, has received complaints against over 400 persons who have returned from outside J&K in the recent past but concealed their travel histories, an official handout said.

The complaints have been received during the past week after the first covid-19 positive case in the district surfaced on March 18.

Of these, over 200 complaints have been verified and found to be true so far after surveillance teams traced the culpable persons. “Around 150 of these persons with recent travel histories to outside countries have been shifted to quarantine,” the statement said.

Investigations and verifications have revealed that these persons have returned from different countries which among others include Italy, Iran, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Hungary, Taiwan, Malaysia and Kazakhstan, it said.

“The remaining 50-odd persons were found to have had national travel histories and were put under home quarantine,” it said. The statement added the other persons who are yet to be traced, are under the process of tracking.

It should be noted that a well-equipped control room with a robust mechanism for coordination and tracing of suspected cases has been established in the district, which includes an elaborate mechanism of surveillance with over 50 teams constituted as part of it assisting it in tracing suspected cases, it said.

In addition to a full-fledged infrastructural set-up which includes IT-enabled apparatus and mechanism the control room is manned with a dedicated team of IT and healthcare professionals. It operates under the supervision of the Additional Deputy Commissioner Masrat Hashim who has been designated as the nodal officer for it. It should be noted that a total of around 1750 persons with recent travel histories to outside countries have been put under quarantine in 40 out of 90 facilities set up so far in the district.

Each of these quarantine facilities set up in well-equipped hotels and government accommodations have been equipped with kinds of facilities for comfortable quarantine of those shifted therein. Quarantine facilities set up in the district are operating under the supervision of the Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar M Haneef Balkhi.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary is monitoring all these efforts round-the-clock to ensure there are no lapses in preventive measures the administration has put in place for containment of spread of coronavirus in the district. He is also monitoring the facilities provided to inmates at quarantine centres.