34 J&K students from Wuhan to arrive today

All 20 samples in J&K test -ve for Coronavirus
Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Feb 16: Thirty four students from Jammu and Kashmir who were evacuated from Wuhan province of China on February 1 and were being quarantined in New Delhi are arriving home tomorrow but will be kept under home quarantine for two weeks.
These students – 33 Kashmiris and one from Jammu – were among 640 Indian nationals who were evacuated from Wuhan province of China, the epicenter of Coronavirus, on February 1 by Government of India. These students were being quarantined in New Delhi and they are now returning home tomorrow.
The Ministry of Health Government of India has given clear directions to the J&K Government to keep these students under home quarantine for two weeks. The Health Department has made elaborate arrangements to transport these students from Airport in special transport vehicles by the trained medical staff to their homes.
All of them will be kept under home quarantine for two weeks where medical staff from respective districts will visit them daily and check their health status.
One hundred and sixteen people with China travel history including those who were evacuated from Wuhan province on Feb 1 are being quarantined and so far no one has tested positive for Coronavirus. An official said that 20 samples, 10 each from Kashmir and Jammu, were taken by the health Department officials but none of them have tested positive.
However, the report of the student from RS Pura Jammu, who is studying in Government Medical College Amritsar is yet to be awaited. He arrived from Malaysia but had travel history of Thailand and Singapore. He had symptoms of fever and respiratory infection and his sample was taken but report is awaited. He is being quarantined in Amritsar and J&K Government’s Health Department is in touch with Punjab Health Department over his health condition.
One student from Pinglana, Pulwama who arrived in Srinagar from Chingjong province of China early this week has tested negative for Coronavirus. He had mild fever but has recovered but he will be kept in the hospital for few more days before he is sent home.
Financial Commissioner Health Atul Dulloo is in continuous touch with Union Health Ministry over the issue of Coronavirus. He is also holding meetings with the medical staff across all the districts of J&K on daily basis to check the preparedness to deal with any emergency.
Vigil is being kept at the people who arrive in J&K from China and South East Asia. The Health Department has trained over 300 medical staff in J&K to deal with Coronavirus.
The global death toll has risen to 1,669 with 69, 000 infected due to Coronavirus officially known as Covid-19.