COVID-19 | 10 children test positive in Jammu’s blind school

DM declares residential school as Jammu’s 10th micro-containment zone
COVID-19 | 10 children test positive in Jammu’s blind school
Following this, the lane of the institute has been declared a “micro-containment zone”.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Jammu: Ten children of a blind school including some girls in Upper Roop Nagar tested positive for COVID-19.

Following this, the lane of the institute has been declared a “micro-containment zone”.

With the detection of COVID-19 positive cases, District Magistrate, Jammu, Anshul Garg issued an order declaring the lane near Louis Braille Memorial Residential School for Sightless Girls near Fire Brigade Office, Upper Roop Nagar, Jammu in Janipur as micro-containment zone.

In this zone, strict lockdown and tight perimeter control, except for essentials, has been imposed.

This is the 10th micro-containment zone in the Jammu district within the last two weeks following the detection of three or more cases from one location.

Officials said that two days back, they detected symptomatic child from the blind school to be COVID-19 positive and his 25 contacts were also sampled on Tuesday.

“Today, the sample report confirmed that 10 of his contacts were COVID-19 positive and some had symptoms like cough,” the official said. “The COVID-19 positive children have been separated from the negative children at the institute.”

The official said that they have started their treatment.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health has recorded 20 COVID-19 positive cases in Jammu district, one in Udhampur, two from Rajouri, seven from Doda, one in Kishtwar, four in Poonch, one in Ramban, and four including two travelers (yatris) from Reasi making up a total of 40 COVID-19 positive cases from Jammu region including seven travelers.

Meanwhile, the authorities have recorded a slight decline in yatra to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine following strictness adopted with regards to the implementation of COVID Appropriate Behavior and sampling of yatris.

An official said that the yatris were coming as per routine, but they were told to bring their RTPCR negative report following which the number of yatris had come done.

“The people are also aware and they have adopted the COVID Appropriate Behavior by getting themselves tested for COVID before coming to Katra,” said an official.

On their arrival, they have to produce their negative report and if they do not have a negative report, they are tested for COVID-19.

For this purpose, the official said that 20 medical teams had been deployed in different places across Katra.

“Twelve testing points have been established at Katra Railway Station, and one each at Panthal checkpoint, Helipad, Ban Ganga, Katra Tehsil, and Chetak Bhawan,” he said.

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