COVID-19 patient still untraced




While the police are trying to trace the missing person who had tested positive for coronavirus, a senior police officer said that there has to be robust mechanism to avoid such things from happening.

Questions are being raised over the manner in which the state administration had recorded the data of the person in question. As per police officials, the standard operating procedure has to be effectively followed at the time of taking details. Sources claimed that the person in question had not provided proper address due to which the police have been groping in the dark, informed a police official. It is still unclear as to where the person is and that efforts are on to track him down, said the police.

A senior police officer was of the opinion that the state government should allow people to enter state but with restrictions. Depending on the priority, the person should be allowed and that whoever wants to enter the state has to first register (online). After which based on the priority of the visit the person should be allowed, said the officer stating that the non-essential entry should not be allowed.

It may be recalled that Health Secretary Nila Mohanan had on Thursday said that a person who had tested positive for COVID-19 has gone missing. Mohanan had said that the details provided by the person on the self-declaration form indicate that he arrived in the state by train from Delhi. Upon testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon, health authorities including the police went looking for him using the local address provided by him and using his phone’s location. However, the authorities have failed to locate the person, as the address provided by him is ‘vague’.