Srinagar, May 15 | As 50,000 stranded people returned home to Kashmir, the union territory administration has obtained 30,000 viral transport media (VTM) kits to rise up the testing for Coronavirus to ensure that the infection does not spread.
An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane brought in the 30,000 VTM kits to Kashmir on Friday, officials said.
They said the kits have been imported in bulk to ramp up the testing of people from Kashmir who are stranded in various parts of the country due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
They said over 50,000 people have returned home since the administration launched efforts to bring back people stranded abroad and in various parts of the country.
Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar said the VTM kits are much needed as the authorities will be able to expedite testing.
“We have had nearly 4,000 arrivals in Srinagar so far, with over 1,200 arriving on Thursday. Many of them have gone home after testing negative for COVID-19 but, sadly, 13 travelers tested positive,” Chaudhary said.
He appealed to the people returning from outside the valley to exercise the utmost caution. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has conducted over 63,000 tests for COVID-19 so far. Out of these, 983 people have tested positive. While 11 patients have died due to the infection, more than 450 have recovered.