1,093 native migrants return to Nalgonda, put under home quarantine

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District Collector Prashant Jeevan Patil holds a video conference with mandal level officers on migrants issue on Tuesday.

Suryapet: In all, 1,093 persons including native migrant labour, students and others have returned to Nalgonda district from other states following the relaxation in lockdown norms extended by the Centre.

Sharing the information with mandal level officers in a video conference, District Collector Prashant Jeevan Patil said that all these 1,093 persons have been placed under home quarantine for 14 days. The mandal medical officers should monitor their health condition every day without fail, he said, adding that there were inputs that the migrants numbers could be higher than the official figures and that efforts were on to trace them.

Stating that the medical staff should immediately shift such native migrants to district government hospital if they develop coronavirus symptoms, he cautioned the officers that there was a chance of the virus spreading not only from these native migrants but also others who come from other cities. Sarpanches and ward members should alert the officials if any person has come to their village from towns and cities in the last couple of days, he said.

Superintendent of Police A V  Ranganath said sarpanches and village secretaries have a crucial role to play at such times to check the spread of coronavirus in their villages. Almost all foreign and Nizamuddin returnees hail from towns and spread of the virus through them was curtailed with the help of the people. But, majority of migrants belong to rural areas and any negligence would lead to rapid spread of the virus in villages, he warned. The elected representatives of the local bodies should take up the responsibility to ensure migrants do not move around in the villages and must confine themselves to their houses.

District Medical and Health Officer Dr Kondal Rao said there was every possibility that the virus would spread through vegetable stalls and hair salons. Hence, people should wear masks, use sanitizers and maintain social distancing in public places and shops.

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