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Fake negative reports with migrant workers behind Covid boom in Ladakh?

Last Updated on April 27, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Leh district of Ladakh is witnessing a rise in Covid cases that is now being attributed to a large number of non-local migrant workers entering the cold desert region.

It has been learnt that many of these non-local workers are entering Leh with fake Covid negative reports.

Out of the total 120 positive reported during the last 24 hours, 104 cases were reported from Leh only, and the remaining 16 positive samples of Covid patients were received from Kargil. With two more deaths, total fatalities in Ladakh reached 138, out of which 94 were reported from Leh and 44 from Kargil.

The total number of COVID-19 active cases in UT Ladakh has surged to 2,027 including 1,926 in Leh district and 101 in Kargil district.

After detecting that non-local labourers entering Ladakh with fake RT-PCR negative reports, authorities, two days ago, have banned the entry of non-local workers in the UT. The non-local workers have managed these fake negative reports from their native places to enter Ladakh without mandatory Covid tests at different entry points. Already Leh Police has registered an FIR against one doctor of Dumka, Jharkhand under section 420, 468 IPC for providing fake RT-PCR negative reports in favour of many of these labourers entering Leh.

Chief Executive Councilor (CEC) of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh, Tashi Gyalson, has directed the concerned officials to restrict the induction of non-local migrants for the time being until further notification.