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Travellers entering Jammu illegally through Ravi river can become COVID super-spreaders?
7/13/2020 12:26:19 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, July 12: Travellers from other States entering into the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, after crossing Ravi river in Kathua district are posing a serious challenge to the government amid spike in number of COVID-19 cases in the UT.
The river Ravi separates J&K from neighbouring state of Punjab in Kathua district. The Lakhanpur is the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir where the administration has made the arrangements to check all the travellers for COVID-19 infection. After checking all the incoming travellers they are sent for compulsory quarantine period in the centres established by the district administration Kathua. After these travellers test negative they are permitted to move towards their respective destinations.
On July 11, over 20 positive cases were detected from the quarantine centres established in Kathua. According to sources apart from three positive cases, rest were the travellers coming from other States. “Most of the people entering into JK are labourers working here. Travellers crossing Ravi river illegally have become a major headache,” sources said.
They informed that these days the flow in river Ravi is low and during early morning hours, a large number of labourers can be seen crossing the river from different locations. “These labourers are aware of the routes along Ravi river between Lakhanpur to Bhagthali area of Kathua. They take night halt at Madhopur area and start their journey from Madhopur early in the morning and enter JK limits when the flow remains low”, sources said, adding that these travellers could prove to be super-spreaders of Coronavirus and evading checking could create havoc for Jammu and Kashmir.
“By defying the restrictions, these travellers are endangering their own lives, their families as well as society. Administration should take necessary actions to stop these travelers entering illegally,” sources added.
The Jammu region has recorded less number of COVID-19 positive cases in comparison to Kashmir but these travellers pose a great threat to the overall health of the region.
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