Woman Tests Positive: Family ‘Escapes to Safety’

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Srinagar: Health officials faced a peculiar situation in Hazratbal area on Saturday when family members of a Covid-19 positive patient gave them a slip to avoid being shifted to a quarantine centre.

Three of the primary contacts of a COVID-19 positive patient from Dhobi Ghat area of Hazratbal on the outskirts of Srinagar escaped after officials with full bandobast arrived there to take them to a quarantine centre. The ‘escape’ sparked panic among the residents of the area, reports said.

Officials, however, said they (family members) will be put under quarantine once traced. Action warranted under law will be initiated against them for posing grave threat to other residents of the area., officials said

Meanwhile, residents of Dhobighat, Hazratbal and its adjoining areas appealed authorities to speed up their efforts in tracing the absconding contacts of Novel Coronavirus.

“Everyone in our locality is worried about their safety. We are in a grip of fear. We appeal authorities to treat the female patient better but at the same time ensure her other family members are traced at the earliest,” Rameez Ahmad, a Dhobighat resident was quoted as saying.

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