Kupwara: For three weeks a student with travel history to Delhi who was tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday mingled with people in district Kupwara. Taking the case lightly, the district administration had advised the said student from Dragmulla Kupwara to go for home quarantine, but caring a fig for the advice, the student roamed freely, visited mosque, purchased grocery and vegetables, interacted with friends and even played cricket since his arrival in native village on March 15 last month.
Administration which is right now busy in tracing the contacts of this Covid-19 patient believes that he might have come into contact with over 1000 people. This has panicked people who blame authorities for negligence.
Locals told KNT that a student from Dragmulla Kupwara had arrived from Delhi on 15 March. “He was kept for three days in a quarantine centre and then asked to stay at home. Why his samples were not taken and why people were put at risk,” they questioned.
Nodal Officer for Coronavirus, Muhammad Iliyas told KNT that the said student concealed his travel history and he didn’t reveal that he has been to Nizamuddin area. “We traced his location and put under observation,” he said.
District Development Commissioner Kupwara, Ansul Garg too said that the infected person was asymptomatic and concealed his travel history. “When administration contacted him, he tweeted and accused us of harassment. We came to know that he was in Nizamuddin area through his cell phone,” he said and appealed people not to hide their travel history. (KNT)