With the first case of Coronavirus being detected in Leh after a 34-year-old jawan was tested positive, the Indian Army gets into a lockdown mode. All soldiers and colleagues of the jawan attached to the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre in Leh has been put under quarantine in an effort to control the spreading of the virus.
“He contracted it from his father who had just returned from a pilgrimage in Iran. In view of this orders have been issued to all the Army units to take drastic measures to control the spreading of this virus” said a source in the Indian Army.
As reported earlier by Financial Express Online, the army had said “In the Indian Army all live in close quarters and it’s all about community living where they eat, sleep, work as well as exercise together. And it is imperative that strict measures are undertaken immediately to control the spread and also the identified cases are put in isolation.”
More about the jawan
According to Indian Army sources, the jawan had gone on leave from February 25 to March 1 and rejoined the unit on March 2.
He is from Ladakh Scouts.
On February 27, the father of the jawan returned from a pilgrimage on board Air India flight and was immediately put under quarantine at Ladakh Heart Foundation. He was tested positive on March 6 and put in isolation at SNM Hospital.
Since the jawan who was staying at Chuchot village for some time while helping his family even during the quarantine period of his father, was quarantined on March 7, and tested positive on March 16. He has since then been isolated at the SNM Hospital.
According to sources, his sister, wife and two children have also been quarantined at the SNM Heart Foundation.