221 more walk home as they complete 14-day quarantine

People leaving for home after completion of quarantine in Srinagar on Wednesday. -Excelsior/ Shakeel
People leaving for home after completion of quarantine in Srinagar on Wednesday. -Excelsior/ Shakeel

Mostly medical students, all asymptomatic

Irfan Tramboo
Srinagar, Apr 1: Continuing with the process, more than 200 people mostly medical students from different countries were today sent home after completing 14-day quarantine in different Srinagar hotels.
The students had arrived here from different countries earlier in March soon after the Coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown that was imposed in the country.
Soon after their arrival at Srinagar Airport, all the people were taken to various quarantine facilities where they spent two weeks and were finally allowed to go home after the mandatory time period.
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As per officials overseeing the process of administrative quarantine, all the people are doing well and were asymptomatic-implying that they were not to be tested and will be monitored back home.
Sayed Hanief Balkhi, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Srinagar who is taking care of the administrative quarantine, told Excelsior that 221 persons, majority of them being medical students, were allowed to go home after they did not develop any symptoms during the period.
As per the details, 56 persons were kept under administrative quarantine at Hotel Silver Star, Nowgam, 22 at EDI Pampore, 48 at Civil Services Institute Parraypora, 71 at Dilshan Hotel Shalteng and 24 at Hotel Adhan.
“All of them have been released as their departure was scheduled on the evening of 14th day of their quarantine-April 1,” he said, adding that those in quarantine are doing their services in combatting the infection.
These people had reached Srinagar from Bangladesh, Romania, Thailand and other Central Asian countries. “Majority of them were medical students who reached here from Bangladesh,” Balkhi said.
An official from the Health Department told Excelsior that all those who have been allowed to go home after they remained asymptomatic “will be observed for the next few more days at home and they will have to take due precautions.”
The scenes at these spots of quarantine were somewhat similar to what was observed yesterday just outside Hotel Hemaal in Srinagar.
The police personnel were seen applauding those coming out of the quarantine facilities for the critical role that they played in tackling the deadly infection of COVID-19. They were also dropped home in the SRTC buses that were kept ready outside these facilities.
It is pertinent to mention here that on Tuesday, 78 people who had arrived here in Srinagar from Leh were also allowed to go home after they completed their period of administrative quarantine-taking the number of people who have completed the period of quarantine to 299.