KU’s north campus, Baramulla shopping mall declared ‘containment zone’

KU’s north campus, Baramulla shopping mall declared ‘containment zone’
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Baramulla: The Baramulla administration has declared the University of Kashmir’s north campus and a shopping complex housing scores of shops, diagnostic centres, tuition centres, and a bank branch as a “containment zone” following several positive cases of Covid-19 in the designated containment zones.

The order was issued after 23 students at KU’s north campus tested positive during a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and vaccination drive on Wednesday.

An official of the KU’s north campus said that most of the students who tested positive for the virus were appearing in the examination while others were for some work in the administrative block.

“The health authorities on Wednesday conducted tests and vaccination at the university campus and during tests, several students tested positive for the virus,” he said.

Besides KU’s north Kashmir campus, the Baramulla administration also declared a major shopping complex located in the main town as a “containment zone”.

The order came after several Covid-19 positive cases were detected in the building following which authorities declared the building as a “containment zone”.

As per the order, there would be complete restrictions in the containment zones.

The restrictions include complete lockdown and tight perimeter control except for essential needs. Besides, the movement of people in and out of containment zones will remain barred.

The authorities have also made testing and vaccination mandatory for the occupants of the commercial building.

Those found not following the order would invite action including lodging of FIR under the relevant provision of the Disaster Management Act.

Earlier, the Baramulla administration declared Mohalla Jadeed and Singhbagh in Baramulla town while Saloosa village in Kreeri as containment zones after fresh positive cases were detected in the area.

The Baramulla district has witnessed a surge in Covid-19 positive cases in the past over a week.

As per the officials, over 300 persons tested positive for the virus so far.

In Government Medical College (GMC) Baramulla, eight patients with breathing problems had been admitted during the last 10 days.

Among them, four are on high-flow oxygen.

Following the surge in positive cases, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Bhupinder Kumar appealed to the people to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 SOPs so that spread of the pandemic was contained.

Announcing several measures to fight the pandemic, he said a separate flu OPD section for the patients had been set up so that mixing of the Covid-19 patients with non-Covid patients was avoided.

Besides, the Covid-19 testing of pregnant women had been made mandatory.

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