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These People In Kolkata Are COVID Positive But Were Roaming Around As If Nothing Happened

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Somak Adhikari
Somak AdhikariUpdated on Aug 25, 2020, 13:05 IST

There is plain stupidity and then there is just lack of basic common sense. Due to the COVID pandemic, we have seen human intelligence ranging from paranoia to blatant recklessness. Well, Kolkata just gave sheer irresponsibility a run for its money thanks to 3 unique and utterly stupid individuals.??

Not knowing you are COVID positive and inadvertently infecting others are one thing. But what if you are positive, know you are positive and still go out posing a risk to others? Now that is just wrong, in fact it is criminal.?

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Simply criminal

Ajay is 26 years old, lives in a pretty posh apartment building in South Kolkata, the modern side of the city so to speak. The North vs South battles have been intense ever since partition happened and the refugees crossed over. But that is another story. Back to Ajay. The young man tested positive for COVID. So logic suggests he should have been self-quarantining right? Wrong! What was the man up to? He was venturing out, that too with no mask, and going downstairs into the streets. Like seriously? Putting everyone at risk just because he needs his freedom? Others living in the apartment were quick to spot it and after repeated harsh but well-meaning warnings they called the police. The cops came, arrested him and locked him in his room. They are now keeping an eye on his movements.?

Self-interest coming first

But he is not the only one. Poltu lives in a slum in Southern Kolkata. After his entire area was tested and his test came back positive, he was seen leaving for work everyday. Luckily one of the neighbours decided to follow logic and informed the cops. This time they took him and put him in the lock up alone. He will be let loose only when his test comes back negative. Why would one risk the safety of others if one knows one is a carrier? It just does not make sense.?

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Last but not the least is the case of Rafique in Central Kolkata. Three days after he tested positive, he was spotted eating biryani at a local shop. In this case the authorities were not informed. Locals wearing proper safety kits dragged him back to his place and barricaded him in his own room. His access is to the toilet and of course food and water are being provided to him.?

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Three different cases, across social strata and different regions of the city. But the common factor is that these guys knew they were a risk and still chose to put others in danger. That is not stupid or reckless, it is a crime.

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