Fifty seven minor girls have tested positive for the coronavirus in a government run shelter in Kanpur, India. The majority are asymptomatic.
One of the girls was taken to hospital last week when she developed a fever, where she tested positive. However, a probe has revealed that the administration did not lock the building down after the first case was recorded on June 15. Further, the shelter was built to house 100 girls, but housed more than 170, making social distancing impossible. These lapses have been blamed for the spread of deadly infection at the government-run shelter. India Today reports that two days later, on June 17, 33 more girls tested positive for the virus. Still, the home’s administration didn’t isolate the staff or the girls.
By June 19, 16 more girls in the Kanpur shelter tested positive for coronavirus. Following this, the shelter management finally placed the building under lockdown. The girls who tested positive were shifted to quarantine centres. Nevertheless, one day later, eight more girls, and one staff tested positive, taking the total tally of infections in the Kanpur shelter home to 58. All have since been hospitalised.
An investigation into the home’s officials is being undertaken.
Poonam Kapoor, a member of the UP State Women’s Commission, speculated that the girls were probably infected after staff visiting a Kanpur hospital with two girls came into contact with COVID-19 patients.
Kanpur currently has 400 active coronavirus cases, the second highest number in Uttar Pradesh State, which has almost 17,000 cases. The state has recorded 507 COVID-19 deaths.
Umm Muhammed Umar