Chandigarh, August 9
A Covid-19 patient, who was quarantined at Sood Dharamsala, Sector 22, a Covid care centre, managed to escape from there on August 8 to see his child, who was sick and admitted to a hospital in Roorkee.
The police said Mohammad Arif, a native of Haridwar, had come to Chandigarh for his wife's check-up as she was not feeling well. Doctors did her Covid test and found her positive. Her husband's sample was also taken and he also tested positive following which he was kept at Sood Dharamshala.
The police said Arif's wife later tested negative following which she returned home. However, their child fell sick due to which he was admitted to a hospital at Roorkee in Uttarakhand.
Arif wanted to see his hospitalised child, but was not allowed to leave. On August 8, he escaped from the Covid care centre. The staff at the centre later came to know that one patient was missing following which the police were informed. Shreya, nodal officer at Sood Dharamshala, submitted a complaint. The police have registered a case under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the IPC against the Covid patient at the Sector 17 police station.
A police team went to Roorkee and arrested Arif. He was produced in the court there and was released on bail. "He has been quarantined at Roorkee," said a police official. The incident has once again raised questions over the security arrangements at the Covid care centre. — TNS
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