Kupwara: A number of police personnel posted at Joint Interrogation Center (JIC) Kupwara were put in quarentine Wednesday after a police officer’s son tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Sub-Inspector’s son is among 25 persons’ who have tested positive for the disease so far in district, taking the J&K’s COVID-19 tally to 300.
According to GNS soon after the SI’s son tested positive, his family was taken to Kupwara hospital and kept in quarantine. Also, his father was placed in quarantine along with other police personnel, who had been with him during the duty.
They said samples of the SI and his family members, would be taken Thursday morning for testing.
“All eyes would be on reports of the SI and in case it turned to be positive, a number of officers who might have come in contact with him would also be moved to the quarantine,” GNS quoted a police officer as having said.
He said as per the initial information, the SI had left home for duty on March 28 while his son came in contact with the first COVID-19 patient from Muqam-e-Shahwali on March 31.
“We are hopeful that his test will come negative but in any case, there is no cause of worry as all precautionary measures are being taken as per the already notified protocol.” he added.
Meanwhile, SI’s family contacted ‘Curtain Raiser’ by phone late last evening complaining about lack of facilities at the Sub-District hospital Kupwara’s quarantine facility.
“They did not even give us blankets here leaving us to shiver in cold. There is no water also in washroom,” said cop’s daughter.
“They did not give us food on time. They are not treating us as humans,” she added.