COVID-19: Farooq, Omar Abdullah go into self isolation as precautionary measure

We will be self isolating for a week before getting Covid-19 test, Omar said

Farooq Abdullah nomination Omar AP (File) Farooq Abdullah (left) with his son Omar | AP

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said he and his father Farooq Abdullah are going into self isolation for a week before a precautionary COVID-19 test.

“My father and I have been in contact with a person who in turn was staying with a relative who tested Covid positive. Based on medical advice, we will be self isolating for a week before getting a precautionary Covid 19 test,’’ Omar tweeted.

The NC president who has shifted to his father’s house after the government refused to accept his request to allow him to continue living in his government accommodation at Gupkar Road in Srinagar next to his father’s house, didn’t elaborate whether the person they were in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19.

With the onset of winter, the fears of the spread of COVID-19 in Kashmir have grown and doctors have advised people to ensure hygiene and social distancing.

To date, more than 1,400 people in Kashmir have died of COVID-19 and over one lakh have contracted the disease. Majority of the deaths have taken place in Kashmir.

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