New Delhi: Instead of cooperating with the authorities at a time like this, reports are pouring in of people flouting coronavirus quarantine rules and taking decisions on their own without consulting the health or the administrative authorities. For example, the Kalaburgi man who became the first victim of coronavirus. According to the health ministry, his family members didn’t wait for the reports to come. Before that, they shifted him to a Hyderabad hospital, which, in fact, doubled the chances of spreading the virus. Also Read - Pakistan Responds to PM Modi's Appeal; Says Ready to Participate in Coronavirus Video Conference
The wife of the Google employee who was found infected on Friday did the same thing. Without waiting for the result, she escaped from Bengaluru to Agra to be with her parents. The couple went to Italy for their honeymoon. She, along with her husband, was put under quarantine after the district magistrate intervened as they were not keen to be isolated. According to reports, when officials visited her Agra address, her father lied that she had left for Bengaluru. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Tihar Jail Sets up Isolation Ward to Screen Inmates
All passengers she came into contact on her Bengaluru to Delhi flight will now be traced for precaution. Also Read - What? Egyptian TV Show Interviews Coronavirus Who Himself was Wearing Gloves
The Punjab government has reported that 335 passengers with a history of travel to coronavirus-hit countries are untraceable. In Nagpur, five suspects escaped from isolation ward of Mayo Hospital. They have been traced and will be brought back.
So what’s is happening? According to experts, people have misconceptions over quarantine. While there are many awareness drives going on explaining what to do and what not, there’s little effort to shed light in the quarantine experience. The fear psychosis is making people flee which, in turn, is threatening a larger number of population.