COVID-19 | Increase in symptomatic patients worries Health Deptt

The Health Department officials said that they were well prepared for the situation and apprehended that the symptomatic patients might trigger further increase in the virus.
COVID-19 | Increase in symptomatic patients worries Health Deptt
A health worker collects swab sample of a tourist for COVID-19 testing outside the entrance of famous Nishat Garden in Srinagar on Saturday November 13, 2021. Aman Farooq/GK File

Jammu: The increase in symptomatic COVID-19 patients has worried the Department of Health department amid declaration of two new micro-containment zones in Jammu district.

The Health Department officials said that they were well prepared for the situation and apprehended that the symptomatic patients might trigger further increase in the virus.

They said that this had prompted the authorities to act and declare micro-containment zones to contain the spread of the virus.

Accordingly, District Magistrate, Jammu, Anshul Garg declared Sector No 3, Rajinder Nagar in Bantalab, and Green Field Enclave Gole Gujral as two new micro-containment zones.

“The areas should be under strict lockdown and tight perimeter control, except for essential needs. It should be mandatory for the persons residing in designated containment zones to get themselves tested,” the order reads.

It said that any refusal in the testing process should invite action including the filing of FIR under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act.

“The magistrates and SHOs of both the respective police stations are directed to ensure 100 percent sampling of the people in these micro-containment zones,” the order said.

An official said that three cases each, mostly symptomatic, had been detected from both the containment zones.

“We apprehend that the virus may have spread to them from one another,” the official said.

He said that last week 36 symptomatic COVID-19 positive cases had been reported.

“We have noted an increase in symptomatic cases and it is not a good sign,” the official said.

“Luckily most of the cases are double vaccinated. The patients under treatment at DRDO and GMC Jammu are also stable,” he said.

Jammu district already had four micro-containment zones.

“All these six places were declared micro-containments zones within a week,” an official said.

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