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Coronavirus: 37 Mecca pilgrims in Pilibhit booked for violating quarantine rules

The 37 returned to Mumbai after completing a pilgrimage to Mecca on March 18, said Pilibhit Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Seema Agarwal.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: March 31, 2020 1:17:54 am
pilibhit coronavirus case, coronavirus, coronavirus cases in up, coronavirus cases up, coronavirus cases lucknow, After learning that they were allegedly flouting the quarantine instructions by meeting people, the district administration took them for medical examination on March 20. (File Photo/Representational)

Pilibhit police have lodged an FIR against 37 people, including two who tested positive for coronavirus, for allegedly violating the home quarantine rules and hiding the information about their pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The 37 returned to Mumbai after completing a pilgrimage to Mecca on March 18, said Pilibhit Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Seema Agarwal. Two days later, they reached Pilibhit through Bareilly.

The CMO said the group had removed the ‘home quarantine’ stamp marked by Mumbai airport authorities and did not contact the administration for medical check up. They also did not follow the advisory to stay in home quarantine for 14 days, said Agarwal.
Of the 37 people, a 70-year-old woman and her son (31) later tested positive for novel coronavirus and are undergoing treatment. The rest have been put under home quarantine.

After learning that they were allegedly flouting the quarantine instructions by meeting people, the district administration took them for medical examination on March 20.

Police on Sunday lodged an FIR against the 37 under IPC sections 270, 271 and 269, said station house officer of Amariya police station, Udai Veer Singh.

Police also invoked the Epidemic Disease Act.

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