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    Man uses boat to quarantine self in Bengal’s Malda

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    Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) A man in his 60s has quarantined himself in a boat in West Bengal’s Malda district after he was advised isolation by health workers for having come to the area from another district in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Niranjan Haldar, who earns his living singing ‘kirtans’, had come to visit his niece at Dubapara village under Habibpur block five days back.

    A resident of Nadia district, Haldar had faced hostile villagers at Dubapara, who demanded he get himself tested for the coronavirus infection.

    “They told me to undergo a health check-up as I had come from another place. I underwent a check-up, though I did not have any symptoms like cough or fever,” said Haldar.

    Nevertheless, the health workers advised him to remain in home quarantine for 14 days.

    This created a problem for Haldar.

    There were only two rooms in his niece’s decrepit tin house, where isolation was not possible.

    Thereafter, some villagers suggested he could stay in a boat on the bank of river Tangon which flows past the village crematorium.

    “Had I gone on quarantine in my niece’s house, they would have had to stay under the open sky for their safety. So, I am staying in the boat. I am cooking my food also,” he said.

    However, some locals brought the matter to the notice of the block administration, which is now considering shifting Haldar to a quarantine centre.



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