Official expresses regret lapses over July 2 Peren incident

Morung Express News

Peren | July 3 

The case of the two returnees from Peren district who tested positive while under home quarantine seems to be very unfortunate and unexpected one at that.

On July 2, thirty two returnees from Peren district who had completed a total 29 days in quarantine had tested COVID-19 positive.

When contacted, ADC Jalukie, Dr Tinojongshi Chang told The Morung Express that the 32 returnees were part of the Haryana group who arrived Dimapur by special train on May 25 last. The ADC said after they completed their stipulated period in the quarantine centres in Dimapur, they were shifted to the quarantine centres at Jalukie, where they also completed the 14-day quarantine period. The ADC said the returnees tested negative in the first test while in Dimapur QCs.

On June 23, a total of 96 returnees were released from Jalukie QCs from where they were again shifted to different community QCs, to undergo another 14-day quarantine.

Tinojongshi said the next day while enquiring whether all the 96 returnees were admitted to the community QCs; it was found out that two persons had gone for home quarantine instead of community QC.

On hearing the news, the District Administration immediately sealed the areas where the homes of the two returnees were located. “On June 25, their swab samples were collected and unfortunately, the two along with 30 others tested COVID-19 positive,” the ADC said.

On community QCs, the ADC informed that these centres were set up as per suggestions from the village councils and civil societies to the district task force and JAC as many villagers do not have facilities (like separate room and bathroom etc) for home quarantine.

While regretting whatever lapses for the unfortunate turn of events, the ADC however appealed for restraint and said only collective effort from every section of society can the crisis be overcome.