Revenue minister R Ashoka had earlier told reporters that nearly 3,000 COVID-19 patients had gone missing by switching off their phones.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Sunday, May 02, 2021 - 08:17
Written by  IANS

Karnataka Director General and Inspector General of Police Praveen Sood has warned of tough action against patients who absconded after testing positive for COVID-19. Sood's warning comes after Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka had told the media that around 3,000 COVID-19 patients had gone missing from the state's radar on Thursday.

Following the incident, Ashoka, who is also the Vice Chairman of the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, had directed the police to track these missing patients from Bengaluru.

Sood in his tweet said that the biggest disservice one can do is to switch off the phone and disappear after receiving the COVID-19 positive report. "Such people shall be traced and booked under Disaster Management Act for their misdemeanor and irresponsible act," he said, adding that one may not have symptoms but still might be the carrier.

"Be responsible, cooperate and stay home," he added. Sood also asked people to abide by the COVID-19 restrictions seriously. "Let's take the lockdown seriously. It's in our own interest and possibly the last resort," Sood said in another tweet.

He said that more than 1,000 vehicles have been seized by police for loitering on flimsy grounds. "I am sure you don't want to return home without your vehicle. Cooperate with police, stay home and break the chain," Karnataka DGP warned the violators. Bengaluru police have so far seized over 6,000 vehicles since the lockdown was imposed on April 27.

Karnataka imposed a 14-day lockdown in the urban areas of the state from April 27 night to May 12 morning in order to contain the surge in COVID-19 infections. 

Karnataka on April 30 reported a total of 40,990 fresh COVID-19 cases according to a bulletin by the Department of Health & Family Welfare the following day bringing the total number of active cases to 4.05 lakh. Bengaluru meanwhile recorded a total of 19,353 new COVID-19 cases.

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