Coronavirus Outbreak: Sub-Collector among 100 asked to self-quarantine after destitute man at Kerala shelter camp tests positive

A Sub Collector and town Circle Inspector in Kerala were among more than 100 people asked to go in for self quarantine after a mentally unsound destitute man housed in a shelter camp visited by them tested positive for COVID- 19

Press Trust of India April 26, 2020 08:38:38 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Sub-Collector among 100 asked to self-quarantine after destitute man at Kerala shelter camp tests positive

Kozhikode: A Sub Collector and town Circle Inspector were among more than 100 people asked to go in for self quarantine after a mentally unsound destitute man housed in a shelter camp visited by them tested positive for COVID- 19, a top police official said.

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The man was in a shelter camp set up by the district administration, along with about 100 destitutes.

The sub-collector Samba Siva Rao said the officials and volunteers and inmates were directed to go on home quarantine as a precautionary measure in the light of the destitute testing positive.

"We were part of the team identifying the destitute roaming around the city limit. As is the usual practise, we house them as a batch of 100 people and one among them tested positive. As a precaution, we have all been advised to go into self quarantine and have given our swab samples for testing," the police official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.

The city police, along with the district administration, have been engaged in rehabilitating destitutes and beggars in the city since the lockdown began.

Over 650 destitutes have been lodged in temporary shelters at various schools and auditoriums and are being provided with food and medical assistance. The 67-year old destitute from Tamil Nadu, who tested positive on Friday, was rescued and brought to the shelter early this month, police said.

Kozhikode has 12 positive cases of COVID-19 and there are 1,193 people under observation. There are 58 people in isolation wards across various hospitals in the district.

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