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COVID-19: Over 400 complaints received at Srinagar control room against persons for hiding travel histories

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The Srinagar control room established for coordinating elaborate measures to contain the spread of coronavirus has received complaints of about over 400 persons who have recently returned from foreign countries in the recent past but have hidden their travel histories.

These complaints have been received during this past week after the first positive case was surfaced in the district on March 18.

Of these complaints over 200 have been verified and found to be true so far after surveillance teams traced the persons these complaints were about. Of the latter, around 150 persons with recent travel histories to outside countries have been shifted into quarantine.

The remaining 50-odd persons were found to have had travel histories and were put under home quarantine whereas the remaining number of the total number of complaints received are under process of tracking.

It should be noted that a well-equipped control room with a robust mechanism for coordination and tracing of suspected cases has been established in the district. It includes an elaborate mechanism of surveillance with over 50 teams constituted as part of it assisting it in tracing suspected cases.

In addition to a full-fledged infrastructural set-up which includes IT-enabled apparatus and mechanism, the control room is manned with a dedicated team of IT and healthcare professionals. It operates under the supervision of the Additional Deputy Commissioner Masrat Hashim who has been designated as the nodal officer for it.

A total of around 1,750 persons with recent travel histories to outside countries have been put under quarantine in 40 out of 90 facilities set up so far in the district.

Each of these quarantine facilities set up in well-equipped hotels and government accommodations has been equipped with kinds of facilities for comfortable quarantine of those shifted there. Quarantine facilities set up in the district are operating under the supervision of the Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar M Haneef Balkhi.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary is monitoring all these efforts round-the-clock to ensure there are no lapses in preventive measures the administration has put in place for containment of the spread of coronavirus in the district. He is also monitoring the facilities provided to inmates at quarantine centres.

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First Published: Wed, March 25 2020. 22:33 IST