COVID-19: “Bandipora patients had participated in different religious events across Kashmir”

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Srinagar: The four persons who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday are all from Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

The infected persons hail from Par Mohalla Hajin, Bon Mohalla Hajin, Parray Mohalla Hajin and Danger Mohalla Hajin.

Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal in a tweet said that all these four persons were in close contact with Srinagar patient who was tested positive yesterday.

Official sources told that shortly after the development; administration swung into action and contacted those who were in contact with the affected patients.

Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, Dr Tajamul said that it may be a long chain as these infected people participated in religious events in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir and have come into contact with number of people. “We are trying to identify all, who came into contact with them,” he said.

He said that two persons of a Bandipora family were shifted in ambulances to SKIMS Srinagar, as they were in close touch with these infected persons.

Reports added that after receiving an input that a Bandipora Imam was also in close contact with these infected patients, police detained him immediately.

The samples of the said Imam will be collected and will be sent to laboratory. The Imam has been kept in isolation.

Sources from District Administration Bandipora revealed that the infected four persons (names withheld) were in close touch with Hyderpora Srinagar patient and all are associated with Tableegi Jammat.

These infected persons have spent a couple of days at a Darul Uloom in Samba district of Jammu region. They have also spent 10 days each at Hajin and Ajas areas of Bandipora district.

They said that family members of the infected persons have been quarantined and some of them shifted to hospitals.

As the news broke, Samba Administration quarantined over 8 persons in a local hospital. All these 8 persons were part of the religious event, in which five people who are tested positive in Kashmir were present.

“After receiving information that four new cases surfaced in Bandipora and recently the patients were present in a Samba seminary, we without taking any chances, quarantined 8 persons and are looking for those who also participated in that religious event,” Deputy Commissioner Samba told.

So for 8 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from Kashmir. In Jammu, there are three COVID-19 cases.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdary appealed people to cooperate and stay at home. He said its not too late yet and people can break the chain. (KNT)

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