23,000 in home quarantine in Bengaluru gave wrong addresses

Of them, only 46,113 people have given their proper address details while 23,184 individuals have not, leading to difficulties in tracking them.

Published: 13th July 2020 05:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2020 06:57 AM   |  A+A-

A health worker marks the hands of residents with home quarantine stamp at Bhaji Galli Road no. 3 of Andheri East in Mumbai Saturday June 27 2020.

A health worker marks the hands of residents with home quarantine stamp. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

BENGALURU:   At a time when Bengaluru and many other parts of the state are witnessing a sharp spike in Covid- 19 cases, the citizens’ quarantine squad, which is keeping tabs on those in home quarantine, has found that over 23,000 individuals have furnished wrong information about their place of residence. After the government laid down protocols for inter-state returnees, which included mandatory 14-day home quarantine, the citizens’ quarantine squad was tasked with ensuring that the norms are not violated.

However, the team is dealing with a huge problem as many have not given their correct residential address. According to statistics available with the squad, about 69,297 people are in active home quarantine as on Sunday in Bengaluru Urban district. Of them, only 46,113 people have given their proper address details while 23,184 individuals have not, leading to difficulties in tracking them. As on Sunday, 13,036 volunteers have enrolled for the citizens’ quarantine squad.

Volunteers first have to register on and join a group on the Telegram app related to their respective wards. Details regarding the number of people in home quarantine, along with their addresses and contact numbers will be available on the Quarantine Watch app of the State Government. The volunteers go door to door and conduct checks on people in home quarantine on the 2nd, 5th, 10th and 14th day. Subir Sehgal, a citizen coordinator in Bengaluru, recalled a recent incident wherein he had to check on a home-quarantined individual at an apartment complex in Yelahanka.

But the residents of the apartment denied having travelled anywhere and insisted that they are not home-quarantined. “The security guard at the apartment pointed to a flat where a party was on. I went there along with Civil Defence personnel and told the residents that they can’t host parties with so many people when they are supposed to be under home quarantine. They were shocked when they heard this and said they hadn’t travelled anywhere for the past six months. Later, I realised that the wrong address was given.” 

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  • AS

    This is what we are as a population....dishonest,corrupt,oppurtunistic and manipulative..And this is what is reflected amongst our leadership,bureaucracy,media and therefore even in our response to a calamity.
    22 days ago reply
  • Rajesh

    Govt. Should release a circular stating these people should not be accepted in any hospital of bangalore, if found covid +ve. They should be left just to die.
    24 days ago reply
  • Dilip

    They should take proper phone number and validate by ringing that phone on the spot to check authenticity and then only they have to allow those people to be home quarantine, so that with the help of police and technology government should track that person mobile phone, if provided address is fake. and also there should be strict law that , if such fake details are provided in such situations then legal action should be taken on such people. If such bold measures are taken then only fear will be there for such irresponsible people.
    24 days ago reply
  • Yash Pal

    All people testing positive and those who are under home quarantine for any other reason should be photographed (every smartphone has a camera now) and details of their address noted. If possible
    24 days ago reply
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