Covid-19 patient’s family abandons house to evade quarantine

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/19/2020 12:50:55 AM

SRINAGAR, July 18: Three of the primary contacts of a Covid-19 positive patient from Hazratbal area on the outskirts of Srinagar, Saturday, in a bid to avoid being shifted to a quarantine centre, abandoned their home thus creating a chaos and confusion among other residents living in the area.
Reports said three of the family members of a COVID-19 affected woman from Dhobighat area of Hazratbal gave slip to the team of officials who had gone there to shift them to a quarantine facility.
Officials, however, said the family members of the Covid -19 positive patient who are on the run will be put under quarantine once traced. They also said that actions warranted under law will be initiated against the trio for posing grave threat to other residents of the area.
Meanwhile, residents of Dhobighat, Hazratbal and its adjoining areas appealed the authorities to speed up their efforts in tracing the absconding suspects of novel Coronavirus. They said the authorities must ensure that all the absconding family members of the Covid -19 positive patient are traced at earliest to avoid further confusion among the residents residing in the same locality.
“Everyone in our locality is worried about their safety. We are in a tight grip of fear. We appeal the authorities to treat the female patient better but at the same time ensure her other family members are traced at earliest,” Rameez Ahmad, a Dhobighat resident told media
The residents also appealed the Director Health Services Kashmir to carry out mass testing in the area to ascertain how many people have contracted the deadly virus so far.



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