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Returnee GREF engineer tests COVID-19 positive; Zubza bodies seal camp

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Kohima, June 14: Detection of a junior engineer of Border Road Organisation (BRO) from Sechü-Zubza under Kohima district as COVID-19 has created panic among the denizens of Sechü-Zubza village.
The junior engineer (JE), who returned to Kohima on June 2 last from Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, tested COVID-19 positive on June 11, confirmed an official of the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Consequent upon the declaration of the JE as COVID-19 positive, the Sechü-Zubza Youth Organisation sealed the GREF camp and also nearby shops so as to contain the spread of the virus, village sources said.
Sources also said that the villagers have expressed their anger against the Commanding Officer of GREF Zubza for not informing the village authorities about a returnee from Greater Noida being quarantined in their camp. They also charged the OC GREF for hiding the facts that the JE on arrival was initially quarantined at GREF Camp in high School junction.
On the social media posts cautioning that the JE had been freely moving around before being tested positive, the HFW official said as per norms and laid down SOP of the Ministry of Home Affairs all armed personnel, including BRO/GREF going to any state should be put under strict quarantine at the respective camps.
He said as per an official correspondence from the CO of GREF Zubza, the JE was under strict quarantine since the day of return.
The JE was directly under quarantine for at least two days at the GREF camp in High School junction and subsequently shifted Sechü-Zubza, said the health official.
On the fear of community spread of the virus, the health official informed that the CO GREF has asserted that the JE had been under strict quarantine in both the camps and that he had not come in contact with the local populace.
The HFW also asserted that all contact tracing has been initiated and at least 10 close/primary contacts with him in the GREF camps have also been put under quarantine, while their swab samples have been collected and sent for testing but results are awaited. (Page News Service)