Observers feel this is one reason for rise in Covid infections
One of the reasons for the increase in Covid cases in Bengaluru is that many of those in home quarantine, possibly asymptomatic, have been stepping out and moving around in public, possibly infecting others unknowingly.
Primary and secondary contacts of Covid cases are obliged to stay at home for 14 days. But as per official data, 2.25 lakh persons statewide and 1.51 lakh in Bengaluru have flouted the rule.
FIRs has so far been filed against 1,645 quarantine-breakers while 2,205 violators are now in institutional quarantine.
As per protocol, a seal is put on the hand of the quarantinee, and a poster to the effect is put outside the house. Neighbours are encouraged to inform the police of any violations.
If locals complain repeatedly about such violations, the police are supposed to take the person to an institutional quarantine centre.
In this connection, FIRs have been filed against 124 persons in Belagavi and 106 in Kalaburagi for violating the quarantine rule.