By ARUN PRATAP SINGH
DEHRADUN, 20 Apr: For the second consecutive day, today, more Corona positive cases have been detected in Uttarakhand. Two more cases of COVID-19 were found positive today in Doon. With this, the total number of Corona positive cases has gone up to 46 in Uttarakhand.
Both the cases are related to persons who had come in contact with other Jamaatis and live in Azad Colony near ISBT, which stretches up to Turner Road. Consequent upon this, Azad Colony has also been ordered to be sealed. It has been added to the list of 3 other colonies that are already in the containment zone. These two Jamaatis had come in contact with Corona positive patients from West Bengal. Presently, they were under quarantine at Suddhowala but will now be shifted to Doon Medical College following COVID-19 positive reports.
Meanwhile, 2 Corona positive patients, both of whom were Jamaatis, have recovered and will be discharged after their second consecutive negative report. With this, the total number of Corona patients who have recovered in Uttarakhand so far has gone up to 13. With new cases of Corona being discovered in the state particularly in Dehradun and Haridwar districts, there are reasons for worry for the state government and the district administrations. Nine new Corona cases have surfaced in the state in a span of 5 days.
After the detection of corona cases in Azad Colony, District Magistrate Dr Ashish Kumar Srivastava has ordered that this colony be declared as a containment zone meaning that no outsider would be permitted to enter the colony and no one from would be permitted to leave except in medical emergency. All shops and banks, etc., would remain closed in the Colony till further orders and all the essential items including milk, etc., would be sold only through government outlets in the colony. It may be recalled that other colonies in the Containment Zone in Dehradun are Muslim Colony in Lakhibagh, Bhagat Singh Colony in Chuna Bhatta and Kargi Grant.
Meanwhile, there were other reasons to worry as well. Two quarantined persons in the state have managed to flee the isolation facilities. One youth today ran away from the quarantine centre in Pantnagar. He was a resident of Chandgarh village under Kamrauli Police Station in Amethi district of UP and had been quarantined on 31 March in Pantnagar. Though he had completed his quarantine period on 17 April, he could not be discharged because arrangements to send him to his native place in UP could not be made. It may be recalled that home quarantine is mandatory after completion of quarantine in a facility under the Corona protocols and, for this reason, it was not possible to discharge him and allow him to go anywhere on his own. A case under Sections 188/269 / 51B of the Disaster Management Act has been registered against him at Pantnagar Police Station.
In another case, a young man, a Jamaati, also managed to escape the quarantine facility at Gurukul Isolation Ward in Haridwar. However, the Police managed to nab him near Sankara Ashram. He has again been admitted to the isolation ward. Incidentally this Jamaati had managed to escape the quarantine in the past, too, when he was previously kept in Jwalapur.