Dozens of detained Rohingyas test positive for COVID-19 in Jammu

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Dozens of Rohingyas have tested positive for COVID-19 during a special three-day testing drive at a holding centre in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday.

The drive was started on Monday and the internees were screened in batches but all those who returned positive are asymptomatic and were isolated within the holding centre as per the guidelines, the officials said.

“A total of 53 Rohingyas were found positive during screening since Monday and all of them are asymptomatic. We are keeping a watch on their condition,” Chief Medical Officer, Kathua, Ashok Chaudhary told PTI.

At least 220 Rohingyas, including women and children, are presently lodged in the holding centre after they were found living illegally in Jammu city during a verification drive in March.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has already started the process of their deportation.

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