Srinagar, Mar 23: As many as 29 people coming from Coronavirus affected countries, who skipped medical teams by changing routes or concealing travel history to avoid quarantine, were tracked by authorities.
The Srinagar DC, who is spearheading the government’s efforts to contain any spread of COVID-19 in the Valley, said that he is glad things are improving as people are getting in touch with control room and (Self) reporting. 'Let's keep it up,' he added.
'Thank u everyone around for ur DMs and calls to control room. Medical, IT & Surveillance teams today were able to track 29 people coming from Bangkok, UK, Dubai, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan etc who skipped medical teams by changing routes or avoiding travel history. Love you all,' Mr Chaudhary wrote on his micro-blogging site twitter.
He said in last three days, authorities have accommodated 1196 people traveling from Bangladesh, Ladakh, Bangkok, Dubai, Combodia, UK etc at 24 facilities, in different categories of risk.
On Sunday, he had reacted sharply to criticism over keeping all in-bound travelers in quarantine centers, saying people arriving from abroad are not cooperating and are hiding their travel history.
Giving details about some people who hid their travel history in a series of tweets, the Srinagar DC, had said, 'Two brothers. Same Medical College in Bangladesh. One travels by air, declares travel history lands in Quarantine. Other takes road goes home, probably enjoyed Wazwan. Smart neighbor informs Control Room. Team got in touch. Symptomatic. WHO guidelines lecture please?'
'A gentleman coming from Italy reaches New Delhi via another port. Takes train to Jammu n Cab to home in #Srinagar. Just to hide travel history. Traced. Need collective focus to handle it. Things are not that simple as they appear from homes & office rooms. WHO guidelines anyone?,' he said.
'Four passengers just reached from Mauritius, Dubai and Kazakhstan "decline" to declare travel history. Done quickly by IT team. My "WHO Guidelines wala Friends" can u pl send a "Recorded Sermon" to help convince such people? Please? I beg. Ignore the Thick Skin and help Face with medical mask,' he added.
Mr Chaudhary said a girl coming from US posed as Student returning from Bangladesh. 'A ‘thick skinned babu’ (as we are called) insisted on passport while allotting room, got to know. USA 3rd highest COVID cases in world. I need to attend another lecture on WHO guidelines now,' he wrote. (UNI)