Hotels in Naran sealed after staff tested positive for COVID-19
Islamabad, 23rd August: Hotels in the tourist spots of Naran, Kaghan, and Shogran have been sealed after the staff tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the report of Baaghi TV, on Sunday, the administration of the Mansehra district sealed all hotels in tourist hotspots Shogran, Naran, and Kaghan after several COVID-19 cases were reported among staff working at different hotels.
Speaking to Dawn.com, Mansehra Additional Deputy Commissioner Maqbool Hussain said that the district health department had reported 47 COVID-19 cases at private hotels located in these spots.
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After which it was decided to close down all the hotels in the area to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
He said 48 hotels, including 22 main businesses and their respective branches, had been sealed at all three tourist spots and the infected patients had been quarantined at the hotels.
He added that arrangements had been made for patients to be quarantined at the hotels by the local health department and officials were in the process of tracing and testing those who had come into contact with the patients.
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It is not clear for how long the hotels will remain closed, but they will not be allowed to open until the situation is brought under control.
It is reported that the Kaghan Development Authority (KDA) has issued orders for a smart lockdown in the district. Five major hotels and restaurants have been sealed to contain the spread of the pandemic.
The restaurants and hotels to remain sealed until the further notice are:
- Moon Restaurant Naran
- Pak Punjab Tikka House Naran
- Dewaan-e-Khaas Restaurant Naran
- Cecil Hotel Naran
- Mianmore Hotel Naran
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However, according to recent reports, these hotels have reopened their businesses despite the warning of a lockdown. The KDA authorized officer has lodged a complaint against these hotels and restaurants. Action against them is yet to be taken.
It is feared that if these hotels/restaurants remain unchecked then the virus may transmit to others especially the tourists which may wreak havoc, once tourists will return to their native cities.
It has been proposed to impose a smart lockdown in these places immediately.
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