Karnataka Traces Man Who Skipped Coronavirus Test, Quarantines Him

The man was taken to a hospital where he has been quarantined. He is being treated and is now co-operating, a senior police officer confirmed.

The man had some symptoms of coronavirus and was asked to visit the hospital.

Highlights

  • Man showed symptoms linked to coronavirus
  • 3-year-old child, 63-year-old woman tested positive
  • Bengaluru Kindergarten classes closed over virus threat
Mangaluru:

A man with symptoms linked to coronavirus, who went missing after skipping hospital visit for tests, has been traced to his home after a day-long search in Karnataka's Mangaluru. The man, who arrived Sunday evening in the city from Dubai, had allegedly left the airport against medical advice.

He was taken to a hospital where he has been quarantined. The man is being treated and is now co-operating, senior police officer BR Sindhu confirmed.

Given the worldwide scare over coronavirus or Covid 19 and the restrictions in place at airports, the man was asked to report straight to a designated district hospital in Mangaluru, but he allegedly didn't. The man had some worrying symptoms, including high fever, and was asked to visit the hospital to find out whether he would have to be quarantined for 14 days.

According to the state health department, he was not at Wenlok Hospital, where he was asked to go.

The police were informed about the passenger's disappearance and a surveillance team was sent to his home from where he was brought back.

Different versions had emerged on the case since last night. According to some reports, he had "escaped" from the isolation ward of the hospital after arguing with the staff.

Across India, 45 people have tested positive for coronavirus, which has affected over 100 countries and left over 3,000 dead.

A three-year-old child in Kerala and a 63-year-old woman in Jammu and Kashmir are the latest to test positive for coronavirus. The Kerala child had travelled to Italy along with his parents and had returned last Saturday.

The Jammu woman had travelled to Iran and is one of the two patients to be declared "high viral load cases" over the weekend.

In Bengaluru, Kindergarten classes have been closed as a precautionary measure because of the coronavirus cases in the neighbouring Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The novel coronavirus spreads through contact with respiratory droplets spread during coughing and sneezing. Besides keeping contact to a minimum with an infected person, the preventive measures include frequent washing of hands and use of hand sanitisers.