Case registered against COVID-19 positive patient in Kupwara for hiding travel history

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police registered a case against a boy from Muqam Shahwali, Kupwara, north Kashmir, for concealing travel history, who later tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. On Saturday, two of his contacts also tested positive.

A police official said that a case against the boy was registered for concealing the travel history and exposing the whole local population to this deadly virus.

The official said that the boy had a travel history of Nizamuddin Aulia, New Delhi, and had came back to his home on 22 March but kept roaming in his immediate neighbourhood for more than fifteen days, reported KNO. His neibghhourhood has been declared as red zone.

Official sources told that aggressive contact tracing  was done, during which his family members including the relatives and some contacts were put in quarantine.

Among the contacts, two of his relatives have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday, while the rest of the population is still under the tight grip of fear as the boy, locals claimed, had been roaming freely in the area — playing several cricket matches and driving vehicles.

However, the police in Kupwara has learnt that the boy had reported back home some weeks back and argued with local sarpanch and local magisterial team to go under quarantine. Following this, the police registered a case against the youth for concealing the travel history.

The cases FIR number seventy under relevant Indian panel code (IPC)  sectioons.

Meanwhile, Kupwara Police has requested the people with travel history to report to quarantine centres on their own. And a failure in doing so will invite strict action as per law. The locals have hailed the prompt action of the police. (KNO)

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