Centre removes Ladakh UT from ‘Hotspot category’ list

Commissioner/Secretary Health Ladakh Rigzin Samphel addressing a press conference in Leh on Monday. —Excelsior/Morup Stanzin
Commissioner/Secretary Health Ladakh Rigzin Samphel addressing a press conference in Leh on Monday. —Excelsior/Morup Stanzin

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Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 20: The Union Territory of Ladakh has come out of the `Hotspot category’ for Coronavirus devised by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as out of total 18 COVID-19 patients in the UT 14 have been successfully treated and discharged from the hospital while condition of four others who were still under treatment was stable.
The revised Advisory issued today by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that both Leh and Kargil, the only two districts which are part of the Union Territory of Ladakh, now don’t fall in the ‘Hotspot’ category.

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This information was shared by Commissioner/Secretary Health of Ladakh Union Territory Rigzin Samphel at a press briefing in Leh this afternoon.
“As per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Indian advisory, now both Leh and Kargil districts of the Union Territory of Ladakh don’t fall under the ‘Hotspot’ area as defined in the category,” Samphel said.
He appealed to the general public to follow advisory issued by the District Magistrates of Leh and Kargil, during certain relaxations in lockdown with effect from today. It may be mentioned here that like the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the UT of Ladakh has also given certain relaxations during lockdown from today with a view to ensure that there is no shortage of essential commodities as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Ladakh has so far reported 18 COVID-19 positive cases but 14 of them have been treated and discharged from the COVID hospitals of Leh and Kargil districts leaving only four active cases in the entire Union Territory.
All four active patients of Coronavirus are in stable condition.
Samphel said reports of 88 samples of UT Ladakh were received from NCDC New Delhi today and all of them were negative for COVID-19.
Out of the total sample reports, 71 reports were from Leh district and 17 from Kargil, he said.
Regarding the Containment Zone, Samphel added that Achinathang village has been removed from the list of Containment Zone as no fresh case of COVID-19 positive was reported from there.
Answering the queries, Samphel informed that test reports of all the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya School were tested negative for COVID-19. The test of these students was conducted as one of the students of this school had tested positive few days ago and had attended the school for three days.
Giving update on essential commodities, the Commissioner/Secretary Ladakh UT said that nearly 90 trucks carrying essential commodities reached the UT today, out of which 45 trucks were unloaded at Kargil and the rest were moved towards Leh.
Essential commodities such as 2500 kg eggs, 5,000 liters of milk and 11,500 kgs of onion were also flown in from New Delhi and Chandigarh via Air cargo, he added.
BMO Drass visited Meenamarg to monitor the screening point. Similarly, BMO Kargil and his team collected swab samples of Iran Returnees of Kargil town.
Fumigation of Community Health Centre Chiktan was also done.

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