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    Chitral District is no more a coronavirus-free area; five cases reported positive

    By Zahiruddin

    CHITRAL: Chitral is no more a coronavirus-free area where five persons were found infected by the deadly virus who had reached here from different parts of the country including Gilgit-Baltistan.

    Medical superintendent of DHQ hospital Dr. Shamim told Chitral Times that twenty persons admitted to different quarantine centres of Chitral had been shifted to the DHQ hospital four days ago who showed some of the symptoms of covid-19 whose swab samples were sent to KMC laboratory Peshawar for test.

    He said that four of the twenty persons tested positive for covid-19 who were identified as Rahmat Wali (63) and Shams Akbar (44) of Chumurkone village, Sher Nawaz (25) of Garam Chashma and Shahabuddin (48) of Sahib Abad Upper Dir.

    He said that all the four persons were quite stable and were lodged in the isolation centre of the hospital where they were gradually convalescing.

    He said that one of the four patients, Shahabuddin had escaped the attention of the district administration at Lowari tunnel and had succeeded to reach home at Chew Dok of Chitral town to pass two days with his family  after which he was shifted to the quarantine centre on the pointation of his neighbors.

    Dr. Shamim said that the swab samples of four of his family members and that of thirteen of his fellow inmates in the quarantine centre had been sent to laboratory whose results were awaited.

    Assistant commissioner, Chitral Abdul Wali Khan said that the  mohalla of Shahabuddin had been sealed and the mobility of the residents had been restricted till the results of the test of his family members were received.

    He said that after the emergence of the positive cases of covid-19 in Chitral, the lockdown had been scaled up and all the shops including that of grocery had been closed down while intra-district traffic of motor vehicles were also restricted.

    The fifth patient Sher Gulab (43) of Laspur valley had been detected in THQ Hospital Booni who had travelled to Chitral from Hunza valley of Gilgit-Baltistan.

    Meanwhile, the road leading to Bumburate valley was opened to all types of traffic here on Tuesday which had been closed during the recent rains.

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