Srinagar: J&K administration Spokesperson Rohit Kansal on Wednesday revealed that first positive case was detected from Khanyar, Srinagar, where restrictions would be imposed on public transport and assembly of people from Thursday.
He said that a woman, who recently returned from abroad, was tested positive for coronavirus here.
”History of foreign travel. Arrived on 16/3/2020. Put in Isolation. Surveillance started in 300m area. Request all to cooperate. Also Immediately self report any symptoms,” Mr Kansal wrote on twitter.
Deputy Commissioner Shahid Choudhary while confirming the case said there would be restrictions on public transport, assembly of people and some other measures, in Srinagar from Thursday.
”Steps are being taken in view of a positive case detected. Further updates to follow. #Coronavirus,” he twitted.
In a series of tweets, Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu asked people to stay indoors. ”I request all Srinagarites to stay at their homes from tomorrow morning and venture out only when absolutely necessary. Those with ANY flu like symptoms should immediately home quarantine themselves. Report for screening/testing if symptoms worsen,” Mattu said.
”I have been informed a short while ago that Srinagar has had its first positive case for Covid 2019. It’s a congested area in the city interiors. We have to be transparent to convey the gravity of the challenge and also seek serious measures and responsible behavior,” he twitted.
”I have been repeatedly urging for maximum possible preventive measures and will continue to advocate for maximum precautions. Panicking won’t help. The best possible approach is to stay at home and follow all guidelines,” he further said.
He revealed that the SMC was gearing up for elevated measures and sterilisation.
”Our chemicals and machines have been received and stocked today. I am sure all agencies and departments are going to do their best but the battle will be won or lost by how responsibly people behave on ground,” he stated.
”Expect more regulations and restrictions from tomorrow and understandably so. Let’s not rush to the hospitals when avoidable and risk the safety of others and our own selves. #SocialDistanacing and #StaySafeStayHome are two key instructions to follow. Let’s be responsible,” he added.