Bhadarwah Admn intensifies COVID testing in micro containment zones

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BHADARWAH: To stop the spread of coronavirus and to keep a strict vigil in containment zones, the district administration in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bhadarwah started massive testing in such zones with a target to cover 100 percent population of these areas in three days.
This is because of positive cases seeing a rise in micro containment areas like village Gatha and Udrana of Additional District Bhadarwah. “It is speculated that community spread has begun, especially after a Covid patient from Gatha died and many more were found positive in the twin villages adjoining Bhadarwah town,” said Nodal officer surveillance.
“It is also important to control the spread of the virus in containment zones before the sealed down areas are opened,” the official added. The health officials have started 100% testing in Gatha and Udrana villages of all people in containment zones from Friday morning.
ADC Bhaderwah Rakesh Kumar said that the testing was to start from Thursday, but was delayed because of the Eid festival.
Additional District Administration has appealed the residents of containment zones to extend full cooperation during the COVID-19 testing, failing which strict action will be taken against them.
However on first day of the testing, residents turned out in large numbers at testing sites in Udrana village to get themselves tested for COVID-19. 330 RT-PCR and RAT tests were conducted on first day of the drive.
District administration decaled Gatha and Udrana villages as micro containment zones on 12th May after 21 villagers tested positive beside a death was also reported from Gatha.