Naran and Kaghan Hotels, including all hotels in tourist hotspots like Shogran sealed after staff test positive for Covid-19.
The Mansehra district administration on Sunday sealed all hotels in tourist hotspots Shogran, Naran and Kaghan after several Covid-19 cases were reported among staff working at different hotels.
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.
Following this, it was decided to close down all hotels to curb the spread of the virus, he said. 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. Naran and Kaghan Hotels are sealed.
Hussain did not specify for how long the hotels would remain closed but said that they would not be allowed to open till the situation was brought under control.
KDA recommends imposing ‘smart lockdown’
Meanwhile, the Kaghan Development Authority (KDA) on Sunday wrote a letter to the Mansehra deputy commissioner, recommending to impose a ‘smart lockdown’ at five hotels and restaurants in Naran after staff tested positive for Covid-19. Naran and Kaghan Hotels are sealed.
A day earlier, the authority had sealed the businesses after workers had tested positive for the coronavirus. “Many employees tested positive for the infection, leading to the sealing of the hotels.
However, in a letter dated today, the KDA director general said that the hotels and restaurants had reopened their businesses, despite being sealed, which may lead 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. Therefore, Naran and Kaghan Hotels are sealed.