Lt Governor Girish Chander Murmu has declared COVID-19 as an epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir.
With the declaration, the surveillance personnel have been authorized to enter any premises to check upon a person having symptoms of coronavirus. Moreover, presence of any suspect patient at a public place has been declared hazardous to public safety.
“Such persons are bound to cooperate and render all possible assistance to facilitate such surveillance, inspection, enquiry and examination,” reads the notification of Health and Medical Education Department.
If the person is found to be infected with the coronavirus, the surveillance personnel can put them in home quarantine, or escort them to “institutional quarantine facility” or an “isolation facility.”
It has been made mandatory for all the medical officials and practitioners including registered private medical practitioners including AYUSH to notify persons to the concerned district surveillance unit alongwith dully filled up self-declaration forms of persons having travel history to the COVID-19 affected countries.