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Travelling returnees shop and litter

Travelling returnees shop and litter
(L) The bus stops for returnees to shop and (R) trash thrown at a roadside by returnees.
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jun 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/6/2020 1:14:59 PM IST

Reports of stranded returnees travelling in buses to various quarantine centres, breaking journey to buy items from roadside shops or throwing left over food and other items along the way has raised alarm among public.

In one incident, a woman, owner of a shop, including another male helper were reportedly sent to a quarantine centre in Kohima. This happened on Saturday when a bus carrying returnees from Bengaluru enroute to a quarantine centre, stopped near the shop at the start area of Seikhazuo. The returnees reportedly got down and to buy items from the shop.

In another incident, returnees travelling in one bus, threw left over food items and trash on the roadside  at VK town on Saturday. According to media reports, local bodies have expressed strong condemnation as the trash could  have been touched by anyone infected with the virus.

When quarantine-bound returnees do not adhere to rules to avoid any social contact by stopping near roadside shops to buy items, or throw left over food item,  the virus can also be spread from them. 

These incidents highlight the need to make it mandatory for deploying police escort in order to prevent such incidents.

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