Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCHANDIGA­RH - Shailee Do­gra chandigarh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PANCHKULA: The lengths to which peo­ple will go to for their own con­ve­nience to cre­ate prob­lems for health au­thor­i­ties be­came ev­i­dent re­cently when some peo­ple com­ing into Panchkula for Covid-19 tests de­lib­er­ately fur­nished wrong ad­dresses.

The rea­son prob­a­bly is avoid­ing de­tec­tion to skip manda­tory quar­an­tin­ing.

Eleven per­sons tested pos­i­tive in Panchkula on Sun­day, of whom only seven were from the district. A 60-year-old cou­ple had given a Sec­tor 5 ad­dress but was later found to be liv­ing in Bal­tana when traced through mo­bile phone num­bers.

Sim­i­larly, three oth­ers, whose pos­i­tive test re­ports came in on Satur­day, in­cluded two from Luc­know and one from Delhi. They had given lo­cal ad­dresses of their rel­a­tives but were later found to be liv­ing else­where.

Seven mem­bers of a Delhi fam­ily who tested pos­i­tive re­cently had come to Panchkula only to get tests done this week and were putting up at a Zi­rakpur ho­tel.

The busi­ness­man had pro­vided the ad­dress of a fac­tory in Panchkula’s in­dus­trial area, which he had re­port­edly rented out and had later shut down. He is at present stay­ing with his fam­ily in Delhi.

An­other fam­ily, in­clud­ing a cou­ple and two chil­dren from Delhi, who tested pos­i­tive, were found to be res­i­dents of Delhi. They had given the ad­dress of rel­a­tives in Sec­tor 27 to health au­thor­i­ties.

A man vis­it­ing the town from Gu­jarat also tested pos­i­tive.

“We found the ad­dresses were wrong only af­ter the pos­i­tive test re­ports came in,” added a se­nior health of­fi­cial.

“Peo­ple from out­sta­tion are com­ing to Panchkula to get their tests done. They are pro­vid­ing wrong ad­dresses. Ver­i­fi­ca­tion is tak­ing a lot of man­power and time,” said Jas­jeet Kaur, civil sur­geon, Panchkula.

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