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DC Probes CCpur Quarantine Centre, Inmates Regret Breaching SOP, Promise it Will Not Repeat

Confirming the incident of inmates of a Covid-19 Quarantine Centre (QC) partying without maintaining social distance, the District Commissioner, Churachandpur said on Monday that strict measures will be taken to ensure Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is followed at all QCs in the district.

On Saturday, video clips purportedly showing inmates partying without maintaining social distance went viral on social media, leading to concern among various quarters including medical professionals.

A probe was ordered by Pawan Yadav, DC, Churachandpur into the incident at the QC on the premises of the Bimala Raina Government High School, where people returning from elsewhere in the country have been quarantined.

Speaking to, Yadav said, “Police officials visited the QC and urged the inmates to strictly follow the SOP. The inmates expressed regret over the incident, and have promised it won’t be repeated. We’re conducting awareness campaigns at other QCs as well to ensure similar incidents don’t take place again.”

Meanwhile, a team from the State human rights commission is in Churachandpur to survey conditions at QCs. The district presently tops the list of Covid 19 positive cases in the State, with over 80 QCs set up to accommodate close to 3,000 people who have returned on Shramik trains and by road.

Even as an embattled district administration races to provide QCs and prevent community spread of the coronavirus, complaints are coming in alleging lack of basic facilities. These include seven inmates having to share a room at some QCs while they await testing.

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