The coronavirus disease pandemic struck the world last year, the most crucial factor which governments and health authorities spoke about was to stay home and not venture outdoors without any reason. A family in Andhra Pradesh took the advice very seriously. The police on Wednesday rescued the members of the family, which confined itself to a tent house for nearly 15 months in the state’s Kadali village due to fears of getting infected by Covid-19.
“The family of Chuttugalla Benny, his wife, and two children, have been residing here. They were afraid of Corona and locked themselves in the house for almost the past 15 months. They confined themselves to the house and locked it from inside,” Kadali village’s sarpanch Choppala Gurunath told ANI.
“Their matter came to light when our village volunteer went to their house to get their thumb impression as they were allotted a housing site. When he called them, they refused to come out by saying that they would die if they came out. The volunteer had informed us of the matter, and we rushed to this place,” village Sarpanch Gurunath said, adding the family was immediately rushed to a government hospital with the help of police and villagers and is currently under treatment. Gurunath pointed out the family members even attended the nature calls (feeling the need to urinate or defecate) inside their tent house. The family would have died if they continued to stay inside for two or three more days.
Andhra Pradesh has so far logged 1,946,749 cases and 13,197 deaths due to the Covid-19 disease. On Wednesday, the state reported 2,527 new cases, 2,412 recoveries, and 19 deaths. The active cases have marginally increased to 23,939 while the Covid-19 positivity rate is at 8.2 percent.