All these asymptomatics in home isolation have switched off their cellphones; BBMP has referred the numbers to police
It’s not 4,000 Covid-19 asymptomatic patients who are incommunicado after they switched off their cellphones – the actual number is a whopping 22,852. The Bengaluru police now have the thankless task of tracing these people who could end up infecting many more.
The shocking revelation came after BBMP’s Covid control room attempted to call the given mobile numbers to check on the patients and found that despite repeated attempts, the phones remained switched off.
TheBengaluruLive has accessed data from BBMP which reveals that Bengaluru’s East zone tops the table with 4,983 such mobile numbers switched off, followed by South zone (4,498), Mahadevapura (3,412), Yelahanka (3,134), Rajarajeshwarinagar (2,850), Anekal Taluk (1,169), Dasarahalli (579), Bommanahalli (554), East taluk (451), South taluk (241), Bengaluru West zone (146), North taluka (101) and around 734 mobile numbers from outside Bengaluru.
The biggest disservice one can do is to switchoff phone and disappear after receiving c+ report. Such people shall be traced & booked under DM Act for their misdemeanour & irresponsible act. One may not have symptoms but still be spreader. Be responsible, cooperate and stay home.— DGP KARNATAKA (@DgpKarnataka) April 30, 2021
Two days ago, Revenue Minister R Ashoka had put the figure of these ‘irresponsible’ patients at 4,000 while expressing the fear of the situation in Bengaluru worsening if they were not traced at the earliest.
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Ashoka had said the government was aware of the fact that thousands of Covid-positive persons had switched off their cellphones. “These people have got themselves tested. After they received an SMS on their cellphones that their report has come positive, they have switched off their phones,” he ahd said.
“Once the infected person’s cellphone is switched off, it becomes difficult to track him/her and provide treatment. We will seek police help to trace these cases,” Ashoka had maintained.
Ashoka had also appealed to all such infected persons to come forward and get treated before the severity of the infection gets worse.