7 villages COVID19 patient visited in Pulwama locked down

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Seven villages of this southern Kashmir district were on Sunday declared locked down after a person who tested positive for the COVID19 revealed he travelled to the habitations and met several people.

An official said 87 persons had met the infected persons in different mosques of the villages. They all have been quarantined at different government-run centers.

The district magistrate Pulwama declared seven villages Pinglena,  Gudoora,  Khaigam,  Abhama,  Sangarwani,  Parigam, and Chandgam as red zone.

“The infected person stayed in Gudoora on March 20 and later traveled to Chandgam and stayed there from March 3 to 24,” said the official.

Later, the infected persons and his close associates travelled to other villages, said the official.

“Keeping in view, the movement of the person and his close associates,  all these villages were declared as red zone as the villages have become vulnerable for transmission of COVID 19,” the official said.

He said there was possibility of mass contact by the person during his travel in different village.

He said all villages of Rajpora and Pulwama tehsils have been declared as “buffer zone.”

“There shall be no inwards and outwards movement of any person in these villages. People should stay indoors and there shall be a complete lockdown” the order reads.

The authorities have also banned vehicular movement on Pulwama-Chakoora,  Pulwama-Rajpora and Newa-Pinglena roads.