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Maharashtra to Stamp Hands of Those in Home Quarantine Due to Coronavirus

CM Uddhav Thackeray said that marking those who have been advised home quarantine had been taken to instil a sense of responsibility in them.

Mumbai| The Maharashtra government on Monday began marking all those who have been medically advised to quarantine themselves with a stamp in indelible ink and the words ‘Home Quarantine’ to ensure they isolate themselves for 14 days. The ink is the same that is used to mark voters at elections.

Accordingly, the left hand of all persons shunted to 100 per cent home quarantine will be stamped to identify them easily if they mingle with the general public.

“Those who require self-quarantine but don’t want to stay in hospital or hotels and want to go home, they should have a sense of responsibility. They should not roam around freely. They should follow quarantine strictly,” Uddhav told media persons.

Following a review meeting on measures taken to tackle coronavirus in the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday that the decision to mark those who have been advised home quarantine in this manner had been taken to instil a sense of responsibility in them.

Late on Monday evening, Greater Mumbai’s Municipal Commissioner Pravin Pardeshi issued an order to all officials concerned at hospitals and the airport, asking them to ‘stamp’ behind the left palm of the home quarantined person concerned, the dates of isolation, with ink that would last for 14 days.

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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 asserted.

He directed that all facilities must be provided for persons under home quarantine and also at the other treatment centres, where the existing patients are responding to treatment.

Those who have a history of foreign travel, or contact with those with a history of foreign travel but have no symptoms of the virus have been advised home quarantine.

Rajesh Tope said that 39 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Maharashtra, 108 people have been quarantined in various hospitals and 621 have been advised home quarantine.

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