In exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 (3 of 1897), the J&K Government, by the order of Lieutenant Governor, today directed the Private Clinics/Nursing Homes situated in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir to report all cases found positive of COVID-19 and also cases suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection(SARI)/ Influenza Like Illness (ILI) or having radiological findings suggestive of COVID-19 infection for COVID-19 testing forthwith to the Director Health Services Kashmir/Jammu concerned or concerned Chief Medical Officers.

Non-Compliance of aforementioned direction by the said institutions shall attract proceedings under section 188 of the Indian Penal code (45 of 1860).