‘Secret’ file in social media causes stigma

DIMAPUR, APR 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/2/2020 12:57:35 PM IST

 A supposed confidential report that went viral on social media on March 31, revealing names of persons from North East, whose mobile numbers were tracked by mobile towers for moving near the ‘hot spot’ zone of Nizamuddin in old Delhi has caused deep resentment.

The report marked ‘SECRET’ contained mobile numbers of subscribers from the north east, as per data from service providers from March 14 to March 21.

The leak has caused immense trauma among those, whose names found mention as per their registered mobile numbers.

Complaints were lodged with police to institute a probe by the Cyber Crime unit so as expose and book those involved for posting the ‘SECRET’ file on social media. The complainants disclosed that the document was on social media on March 31 after the incubation period (March 14 till March 28) had ended. 

This has resulted in many who have completed self-quarantine and with no symptoms whatsoever, being ‘summoned’ by health authorities. All those who arrived Dimapur, had reported on arrival and also submitted required forms. 

When asked about the issue, the state health authorities informed that as per rules, all those who returned after March 6 were requested to contact respective health authorities on arrival and fill up forms and also to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

If symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days, then blood test is done to prove or disprove COVID-19.


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