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Combating COVID-19: Massive Screening cum Sampling Drive for Traders Dealing with Essential Commodities Launched in B’la

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Baramulla, May 17 (KNS): Continuing its battle against the outbreak of Pandemic COVID-19, district administration Baramulla has launched a massive screening cum sampling drive wherein all such traders including bakers, butchers, vegetable vendors and others directly associated with the people through the sale of essential commodities, shall be screened for the virus. The move has been launched in view of forthcoming festival of Eid so that people can purchase the essential commodities from these traders without any fear or hesitation.

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo, while briefing the details, said that the drive aims to ensure hassle free and smooth flow of essential commodities. He said that the drive has already been launched in all the declared red zones and it shall be extended in subsequent phases to cover all shopkeepers, traders and others associated with commercial activities. Moreover, DC informed that several sampling and collection centres have been established for the purpose.

Meanwhile, Dr Itoo said that about 1643 persons of Baramulla district had returned from outside the J&K, among which 693 persons have been discharged from quarantine after completing the stipulated quarantine period. He said that these stranded persons are being evacuated by following the proper procedure wherein they are properly screened, quarantined and then discharged after their reports comes negative.

Dr Itoo further added that district has recorded better performance in anti-corona battle as 80 COVID-19 patients out of 116, have been recovered from the disease who were subsequently discharged from the health institutions. He said that administration has mobilized the health department with full vigor and enthusiasm and didn’t left any stone unturned in order to control the disease.(KNS)

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