Kathmandu: More than 500 Nepalese workers who entered the country through Jamunaha border has escaped from quarantine on Monday. The workers were kept in quarantine since their arrival at the border point last week. However, they are able to skip the government temporary isolation spot for mitigating the possible spread of the Corona Virus.
According to the reports, the workers have been protesting say that the quarantine was full of people not even meeting the basic needs. With the joint effort from the Banke district administration and Nepalgunj Municipality, they were kept in quarantine.
The workers belong to different districts of western Nepal had been working in the different Indian cities for a long time and when the government launched the lockdown they started to enter their village.
“Either government has to put us in systematic and safest settlement or should let us go to our villages,” Amreet Giri, 35, one of the returnees from India says, “If the government cannot manage us accordingly than we will take care of ourselves.”
Giri, who is heading to his home in Surkhet district, is one among those protesters against the quarantine managers.
According to Shankernath Khanal, a local journalist, the government is failing to convince the workers that it could manage a better quarantine for such numbers. “The authorities have been putting at least 25 people in a single narrow room,” Khanal says. “How it is possible to protect one from another if any one of them got infected from Covid-19. This is a serious note.”
Barshat Bhandari, a local leader, government officials are trying to manage all of the workers within a few hours but they escaped. “Some escaped jumping through the wall, some escaped pretending as they are going to the toilet,” Bhandari says.
According to Security officials among those workers, some of the workers had fever. The officials are trying to phone calls or meet all suspicious persons who arrived at the border point for the last 14 days. The country already tested over 600 people and five are infected with Covid-19.