As many as 113 non-local labourers, who arrived in Kashmir in the last one week, have tested positive for COVID-19 a local newspaper Kashmir Monitor reported.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, K K Sidha told that they have collected 14,937 samples of non-local labourers as of July 21 noon among which 113 labourers have tested positive.
“All positive cases have been placed under quarantine by the respective districts,” Sidha said.
As per officials, majority of these infected labourers were working on brick kilns in Budgam district right after they reached Kashmir.
Chief Medical Officer, Budgam, Dr Tajamul Hussain said that “71 labourers have tested positive in the district so far.”
“They have been sent to COVID care centres located in Arizal and Watrihal areas,” the CMO said.
Non-local labourers testing positive is another challenge for Kashmir healthcare system which is already struggling by the recent surge in COVID-19 among the valley populace Kashmir Monitor reported.