At least 22 migrant laborers, who had returned from Telangana, ran away from a quarantine center in Maoist-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region on Thursday night.
Dantewada District Collector Topeshwar Verma told Hindustan Times that the agricultural laborers have quarantined about 12 km from their native village Nahadi, which is situated in the core Maoist area of the district.
“They reached Aranpur on Thursday and all of them were medically examined by the health team. Subsequently, they were kept in a quarantine facility in a police station from where they escaped on Thursday night,” said the Collector.
The officer said that a total of 47 migrant laborers came back from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to Dantewada and were kept at a quarantine facility in the Aranpur police station area before allowing them to go their native villages.
“No symptom of coronavirus was found in these laborers,” said the collector.
“We have informed sarpanch and secretary of the concerned village panchayat but till now they have not reached their village. It is presently not possible for administration and police to reach Nahadi village because it is the core area of Maoists,” said the Collector.
No case of Covid-19 was reported from Bastar division which comprises seven districts – Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur.
A total of 59 cases have been reported in Chhattisgarh till now in which 38 recovered and discharged from the hospital.
Two patients of Covid-19, including one nursing officer of a quarantine center, were discharged from AIIMS in state capital Raipur on Thursday after they tested negative in the second consecutive test.
The nursing officer is 35-year-old while another patient, who hails from Surajpur, is 25.
Presently, AIIMS has 21 active Covid-19 positive patients and all are in stable condition.
(With inputs from hindustantimes)