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Covid Returns To Northern Areas: All Hotels In Naran, Kaghan Sealed After Positive Cases

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All hotels and tourist hotspots have been sealed in Shogran, Naran, Kaghan by the district administration for an unspecified time after Covid-19 cases were reported among staff working at five different hotels.

Dawn quoted Mansehra Additional Deputy Commissioner Maqbool Hussain saying that these hotels reported at least 47 infections. According to the official, 48 hotels, including 22 main businesses and their respective branches, had been sealed at all three tourist spots.

The infected patients have been quarantined at the hotels by the local health department, whereas the officials concerned have launched a trace and test campaign to locate potential Covid patients.

The partial lockdown followed a letter by Kaghan Development Authority (KDA) to the Mansehra deputy commissioner, recommending to impose a ‘smart lockdown’ at five hotels and restaurants in Naran after staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The sealed hotels are Moon Restaurant, Pak Punjab Tikka House, Dewan-e-Khaas Restaurant, Cecil Hotel, and Mianmore Hotel, Naran.

In the letter, the KDA director general said that the hotels and restaurants had reopened their businesses, despite being sealed, which may lead to the spread of the virus. “The KDA authorised officer lodged a complaint at Police Post Naran for lodging FIRs but action is yet to be taken.”

The letter added that if the businesses were allowed to operate unchecked, the virus may be transmitted to tourists who would carry it back to their native cities. “It is proposed that a ‘smart lockdown’ [be imposed] on the hotels/restaurants to avoid the spread of Covid-19,” it said.

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