Gangtok, March 25, 2020:
Sikkim authorities have booked a man for hiding his travel history amid the pandemic coronavirus or COVID-19.
Support Independent Media
Support us in our efforts to bring authentic, extensive and thorough news coverage from Northeast India. Do support independent media as good journalism can only survive when a media organization is both editorially and financially independent.
Pay for quality news
A man from Rangpo town in East Sikkim district has been booked for concealing his travel itinerary and the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Rangpo on Wednesday directed the Rangpo Police to take immediate action under Section 188 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code against the man.
The man, a resident of a village under Central Pendam block, reached Sikkim on March 24 from Dubai. Accordimg to reports, at the Rangpo checkpost, he did not disclose his actual travel itinerary and told that he was returning from Siliguri.
This has triggered panic among the authorities as at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases in India has reached 563 (till the filing of thing report), people should be careful of further infection.
Instead of going into the quarantine mode, he breached the safety protocol and reached his house at a village under Central Pendam block, said the SDM in a complaint to the Rangpo police station.
The man, by his irresponsible act has exposed quite a number of persons to the probable infection of COVID-19.
The Rangpo SDM has further directed the Police to initiate action against the man and prepare a list of his travel history along with his family members’ names and submit the same by 4 pm on Wednesday.
It may be mentioned here that Sikkim has not yet reported any case of coronavirus till now. Currently it has gone into a lockdown mode after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day lockdown in the country.
No vehicular movement was seen in Gangtok and very few shops are open according to sources. Novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in India has taken a dangerous leap 562 infected people as on Wednesday. A total of 26 new cases have been reported.
According to Worldometers data, eleven people have died due to coronavirus in India, the latest being that of a man in Tamil Nadu.
Maharashtra has the highest number of cases in the entire country. The tally stands at 112 positive cases. It reported five new coronavirus cases since Tuesday night, taking the number of cases in the state to 112.
A 23-year-old girl from Manipur was detected positive on Tuesday morning, making it the first case of the Northeast region. The State of Mizoram has recorded also reported a positive case of the virus, who, according to our sources, is a 50-year-old male.
According to reports, the patient is a 50-year-old man who recently returned from Amsterdam in Holland with his family. The test was tested at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
An Inside Northeast source said that the man who has been detected COVID-19 positive is a pastor. He has been admitted right now in a medical college. He recently returned from Holland with his family on March 16, and started exhibiting symptoms on March 22. They have all been placed under isolation.
According to the Test Report of the 23-year-old, she developed the first sign of the illness two days ago and on Tuesday morning she was declared as 2019-nCoV ‘Positive’. Her test was carried out at The Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal.
Novel coronavirus or COVID-19 cases across the world have soared to 422,959 as on Wednesday. According to Worldometers data, the global death has reached 18,907.
With such staggering numbers, nations across the world have gone into a lockdown mode in order to deal with the deteriorating state of coronavirus.
Support Inside Northeast (InsideNE), an independent media platform that focuses on Citizen-centric stories from Northeast India that are surprising, inspiring, cinematic and emotionally relevant.