Manhunt As Irishman Spreads Panic By Fleeing Quarantine

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

An Irishman suspected of being infected with COVID-19 sparked a panic when he busted out of quarantine and went on the run after he was found to have a fever when stopped at a local airport.

The Irishman, who was not named, was taken into quarantine when he was tested at Bhubaneswar International Airport in the city of Bhubaneswar, in Odisha, an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, and he was found to have a fever during compulsory screening.

The Irishman was then taken to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and put in an isolation ward but that evening, he evaded security and managed to escape from the hospital.

Medics filed a complaint with police and a manhunt is now underway to find the Irishman. The search is organised by the Mangalabag Police who have confirmed they are looking for him.

The area has so far not reported any incidents of the COVID-19 virus with all the tests carried out so far proving to be false alarms. Police said they were keen to catch the man before panic spread in the state.

They said it was the 1st time they had had any reports of a suspected infected person attempting to escape from hospital, as the number of confirmed cases in India increases to 30 with no deaths and 3 people recovered.

There are also around 100 under observation.

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