Corporator’s Brother Sparks Covid-19 Fear In SMC


SMC workers sanitising Rainawari locality in Srinagar

Srinagar: Fear has gripped the officials of the city’s civic body Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) after a corporator’s brother, who concealed his travel history, tested positive for coronavirus infection.

The brother of SMC corporator Majid Shuloo arrived recently in the Valley and concealed his travel history to escape from undergoing mandatory two week quarantine, reports said. He was living with his family in Narwara until the conscious neighbours informed the district administration of his arrival.

Acting swiftly, the administration on April 28 placed the corporator’s brother under quarantine. On Friday night, he tested positive for coronavirus.

“Covid fight belongs to Citizens. Alert, responsive & truthful. Flagged by neighbors a resident arriving clandestinely, picked up promptly, tested positive. Let’s not rush, rather follow protocols. Narwara now Red Zone,” Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary tweeted.

Meanwhile, fear has gripped many corporators and SMC officials after the news of Shuloo’s brother being infected spread today, reports said.

Shuloo, who has been living with his brother, has reportedly been a part multiple sanitation drives across the city. He has been spotted on Thursday with SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu, his Deputy Parvez Qadri and many corporators and corporation staffers.

We didn’t know he was living with his infected brother and had concealed his travel history. This is shocking to all of us,” A ward officer told news agency KNT.

He said that it will be a disaster if the corporator tests Covid-19 after having contracted virus from his brother.

“The contacts of the corporator’s brother should be traced and quarantined at the earliest,” he added.

Meanwhile, the family members of the infected person, including his corporator brother have been put under quarantine. Their samples have been collected and test reports are awaited.

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