A sudden surge in the positive cases for coronavirus in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has prompted authorities to carry vigorous exercise of identifying people who had been in contact with the positive Covid19 persons.
On Sunday, five females from Uri tested positive for Covid19, bringing the total number of positive cases in Uri to seven.
The two persons tested positive for the virus on Saturday hail from Sultan Dhaki and Amlok Colony Uri. Their travel history shows that they were at Jamia Masjid Samba in Jammu and were part of a Tablighi Jamaat Ijtima. They had returned to Uri on March 15. The five females tested positive on Sunday are the family members of two persons tested positive for the virus on Saturday. An official of GMC Baramulla said, “Around 20 family members of the two positive persons were shifted to GMC Baramulla where they are being tested for Covid19. So far five of them have tested positive,” he said.
An official said that the after attending Ijtima at Samba Jammu, the duo, soon after their arrival at Uri, took part in an event called as ‘Jode’ organised by Tablighi Jamaat at Masjid Noor Uri. The event was attended by 120 persons. They all have been quarantined. “Since the event was attended by a large gathering, the administration soon identified all of them and shifted them all to an administrative quarantine facility at Shahkoot Uri,” said Naveed Iqbal, deputy magistrate Sub division Uri.
Authorities have declared Sultan Dhaki and Amlok colony Uri as red zones. The people of the area have been asked not to venture out from their homes.