‘8 positive cases in area, many under radar’
Kupwara, Apr 15 (KNO): A boy from Muqam Shahwlai area in Drugmulla area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district is proving to be a nightmare for his hamlet as eight contacts of him have tested positive for deadly Coronavirus as on date with several more under administrative quarantine.
Officials told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that with two more positive detected from Anderhama village a total of 8 suspected contacts of earlier positive case who concealed his travel history have tested positive till Wednesday.
Officials said that earlier six contacts of the positive case (local youth) had tested positive for novel Corona-virus which includes his own family members. While on Wednesday two more contacts of him from Anderhama village tested positive. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kupwara Ansul Garag told KNO that two more positive cases from red zone Anderhama, both are contacts of earlier positive patient.
He said both are asymptomatic while the preliminary contacts are being traced for quarantine and sampling. However no positive from any of the other red zones of the district. Deputy Commissioner Kupwara confirmed to KNO that as on date 8 suspects of the same positive patient have tested positive.
It’s recalled that the said positive patient tested positive for novel coronavirus on 9th April following which within 6 days 8 of his contacts tested positive for novel coronavirus.
The locals earlier complained that the boy was reluctant to accept to go under quarantine but instead kept rooming freely and played cricket, went to different shops and engaged into discussion with locals. After he tested positive officials said that number of local residents including his family members were taken to quarantine center and the area was declared as Red Zone and all the measures were taken to ensure no more transmission.
After positive result of local guy the local youth started a chain of individual campaign to motivate people to visit the health center for checkup and follow necessary protocol freeing the transmission, then an online camping took the social media by storm criticising the guy for not adhering to the medical protocols exposing whole population to the deadly disease.
With the surge in number of positive cases from his contacts, concerned village Asha Worker was disengaged from her services for her failure to discharge the duty as per the protocol, medical guidelines and advisory issued by the health department in wake of the COVID-19.
Following the protocol of concealing the travel history Kupwara police swung into action and registered a case against the guy under FIR number 70 US 269,270 and 271. Earlier the guy had argued with the administration and rejected to undergo quarantine despite when the local sarpanch had reported his travel hairy to district administration. Tight fear has engulfed the local residents after two more contacts on Wednesday tested positive—(KNO)