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Schools, colleges shut till March 31 in J&K over Coronavirus outbreak

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GR News Desk | Srinagar

Days after cases of Coronavirus were reported in Jammu and Kashmir, the administration on Wednesday ordered shutting schools, colleges, universities, and Anganwari Centres till March 31.

Spelling out measures being taken to control and prevent the spread of the Virus, Director National Health Mission (NHM), Bhupinder Kumar said that that control rooms and surveillance teams have been constituted in all the districts of the UT besides two Coronavirus lab testing facilities have already been made functional in SKIMS, Srinagar and GMC, Jammu.

A total of 1,211 people have been put under active isolation, 150 of these have completed the period of 28 days while 12 are undergoing hospital quarantine. Kumar added that 64 samples of suspected cases have been sent for testing so far; 28 have reported negative, 01 has tested positive and a report of 35 is still awaited.

Bhupinder Kumar also said that the government has urged citizens especially those with travel history to affected countries such as China, Italy, Iran, South Korea to self declare immediately and to report to the nearest government health facility if any symptoms are found.

As reported earlier, SMC mayor Junaid Azim Matoo, in a tweet said that schools, sports clubs, and coaching centres within the municipal limits of Srinagar city shall remain closed from tomorrow as part of the measures taken to tackle the spread of Coronavirus in the city. He also uploaded an order issued from his office in this connection.

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Meanwhile, The Divisional Commissioner has asked hoteliers and transporters to share real-time information of tourists or passengers who are found symptomatic to the control room numbers or nearby health institutions, which shall pick the patients for quarantine at isolation wards. Hoteliers were also directed to maintain records of domestic and foreign tourists.

Over 60 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in India as the government scrambles to tackle the situation. Originated in Wuhan province of China the virus has now been found in over 90 countries infecting over 110,000 people while killing over 3500.

The outbreak has now been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).