AGENCIES, Mumbai: The administration in Maharashtra, the state where maximum coronavirus cases have been reported in India is taking no chances when it comes to quarantine coronavirus suspects.
While anticipating some people could break the prescribed directives especially those who have been advised self-quarantine, in an unprecedented move, the administration on Monday said it would “stamp” all those who have been sent to home quarantine amid scare over the pandemic.
Those under home quarantine will be stamped on their left hand with indelible ink to help in their identification, said Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray. It has been described as a precautionary measure after 39 cases of coronavirus or COVID-19 were detected in the state and around seven suspected patients escaped from treatment centres in last few days. The quarantine ‘stamp’ will have information like dates of isolation and the ink used would last for two weeks.
“It is not a crime if somebody is infected by Covid-19. They must be given proper medical treatment and psychological support. The Epidemic Diseases Act has been invoked in the interest of the people and the district administration must create awareness on it,” Thackeray said.
The Maharashtra government has also made it a punishable offence if any person attempts to evade the compulsory quarantine, or breaks ‘home quarantine’ and would forcibly move such person to a government isolation facility.