Another batch of 324 people freed from quarantine facilities

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/3/2020 12:24:27 AM

SRINAGAR, Apr 2: Authorities here today released another batch of 324 people from various quarantine facilities in the city, taking the total number of those who successfully completed the isolation period to 638, officials said.
“About 324 more persons who had returned from overseas countries being discharged after completing their two-week quarantine in Srinagar. Total number of persons discharged so far is now 638,” the Srinagar district administration tweeted.
This was the third group of people to be released from quarantine facilities in the city in as many days.
While 236 people were discharged and allowed to go home yesterday, 78 people completed their isolation period on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, an official spokesman said this evening 324 more persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged today after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period.
"All these persons put under quarantine in well-equipped hotels and government accommodations had returned from different overseas countries with most of them having returned from Bangladesh," he said.
The spokesman added that these persons belonging to different districts of Kashmir were entrusted to their respective district headquarters in SRTC busses the Srinagar administration had arranged for their convenience. Srinagar residents in the group were all ferried home or entrusted to their families.
Additional deputy commissioner Srinagar M Haneef Balkhi who has been designated as overall incharge of quarantine facilities established in the district oversaw their discharge and their transportation. Other supervising officers including SDM East Sandeep Singh Bali were also present on the occasion.
The group was under thorough medical supervision throughout their quarantine period and was discharged after clearance from doctors.
It is notable that there were around 1900 persons who had been put under administrative quarantine in Srinagar after their return mostly from overseas countries.
While around 500 persons are completing their quarantine and will be discharged tomorrow all the overseas-return persons in administrative quarantine in the district will complete their quarantine period by the end of this week and will be sent home as they complete it.
Shifting of overseas-return persons into quarantine facilities was part of Srinagar administration's elaborate preventive measures put in place to contain spread of the COVID-19 disease after March 18 when the first positive case was reported in the district.



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