BBMP seals the apartment as the residents hesitate to move to quarantine centres

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Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagere Palike (BBMP) officials made an attempt to shift 22 families out of complex to institutional quarantines or hotels in a multi-storeyed apartment complex based in Vittalnagar of Vasanthpura Ward, where a mother and her daughter tested Coronavirus positive for the new variant discovered in UK. However, the officials took back the decision and sealed the building when the residents hesitated the move.

“Since the apartment dwellers did not agree to be shifted out, we have sealed down the apartment. As many as 37 people are residing in 12 houses here. We will be placing barricades here. They will all be secondary contacts as they’ve all used the same lift and staircases. All their samples have been taken and have been sent to the lab for RTPCR tests,” said Dr GK Suresh, Deputy Health Officer, in Bommanahalli zone.

Dr Vijayendra BK, BBMP’s Chief Health Officer, said, “Primary contacts of Covid positive UK returnees have been asked to be shifted to institutional quarantine, that is, hotels, by the government. Till last night, there were 45 primary contacts of 16 Covid patients from UK in the city. Previously, they were in home quarantine.”

“The BBMP health officer says they’ve got orders from Delhi to shift all the 35 people here in the apartment to institutional quarantine. The apartment residents say going to a hospital will become a problem for them. They say we’re fine here and that they’ll be in quarantine at home. The medical officer finally relented and said they’ll be kept in home quarantine itself. Two policemen will be stationed there and everyday disinfection of the apartment premises will be done,” said Shobha Gowda, former corporator of the ward. The officials are not shifting the families, and they will continue to stay in their respective apartments, it was confirmed by M Ramakrishna, Joint Commissioner, Bommanahalli. She stated, “We are not shifting any families. We are keeping all primary and secondary contacts at their respective homes itself.”

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