Fear is being created by fake messages says corona positive patient in Patiala after video goes viral

Says viral video not mine, appeals to follow health guidelines

Fear is being created by fake messages says corona positive patient in Patiala after video goes viral

Punjab Police sealed Ramnagar Sainia village in Patiala after a 21-year-old youth tested positive. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 30

The 21-year-old youth from Patiala district, who has been tested positive for coronavirus, said that fear was being created by circulating a fake WhatsApp video in his name.

The youngster, who is currently being treated in Ambala Civil Hospital, informed that a video—purportedly of him being gasping—was fake, however, the admission card in the video was his, he said. 

He said, “I am fine now and recovering very well. I want to tell all the people that it was not me in the video – which was making the rounds on social media.”

Talking to The Tribune over the phone, he claimed though he was not directed by any official at the airport for self-isolation on his return from Nepal, however, he said on own his own he had home-quarantined because he was aware of the virus.

“I had locked myself in a room and told my family members to wash their hands every time they came into my contact. My utensils were also being washed, regularly by the family members,” he said.

The youth said as he had followed strict guidelines for self-isolation that might be the reason that his family members didn’t test positive for the virus.

“Fortunately, my close contacts tested negative which was a sigh of relief for me. People should stay indoors and follow health guidelines – strictly,” he narrated.

Notably, all the 14 close contacts of the positive patient, who were admitted to the Isolation ward of the Rajindra Hospital, were discharged after they tested negative for the virus.

Patiala Civil Surgeon Harish Malhotra said health department was working round the clock to keep a tab on the village.

He said, “Our teams are conducting a survey and are keeping a vigil on villagers round the clock.”

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