23:41 GMT04 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): COVID-19 patients are keeping the authorities on their toes with their attempts to abscond from quarantine facilities and hospitals in India while they are dealing with the medical aspect of the disease.

    A coronavirus patient attempted to abscond from Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital today, outsmarting the medical personnel. At least a dozen staff members along with police personnel were on a frantic search mission to nab the patient, fearing he might further infect other people.

    The unidentified man was able to cover a 3.5 km distance up to Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place, central Delhi, where he was caught by the hospital’s staff.

    In a video, the staff can be seen using mild force to control the man as he resisted boarding a hospital ambulance.

    Several such incidents have been reported in India as people resist treatment and confinement to quarantine facilities. In one such recent incident, on 16 April, five COVID-19 patients broke out of a quarantine facility in Madhya Pradesh state's Indore city.

    While the national capital Delhi is reeling with 5,532 COVID-19 positive cases, the tally has risen to over 52,000 cases across the country, with 1,783 dead and 15,267 recovered. 



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