By Arré Bench Aug. 18, 2020
Nari Niketan shelter home in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh has emerged as a hotspot after 90 girls tested positive for Covid-19. An investigation is underway, but this is not an isolated incident. Earlier in June, another shelter in Kanpur was the site of a similar outbreak. A few of those minor girls were also found to be pregnant.
As India’s fight against the global coronavirus pandemic continues, a shelter home in Uttar Pradesh has emerged as a hotspot after 90 girls tested positive for Covid-19. The Nari Niketan shelter home in Bareilly is the site of this latest outbreak. Nita Ahirwar, Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy director of the Women Welfare Department said, “In the past two days, 90 inmates of Nari Niketan here have tested positive for Covid-19. All of them have been isolated,” in a statement to Press Trust of India.
— The Tribune (@thetribunechd) August 16, 2020
The provenance of the infection’s outbreak in Nari Niketan has not yet been determined. Ahirwar said that an investigation to determine the outbreak’s source is underway.
While the cluster of coronavirus cases at the shelter is disturbing, unfortunately, it is not an unprecedented incident. Earlier this year, in June, another shelter in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, was the site of a similar outbreak. In Kanpur, 57 girls at a shelter home tested positive for Covid-19. A few of those girls, who were minors, were also found to be pregnant. In the wake of that incident, the state government ordered that all inmates residing in women’s and children’s shelter homes be tested. Sadly, it appears that the preventative measures taken have failed to prevent an even larger outbreak in Bareilly.
Uttar Pradesh: 90 inmates of Bareilly shelter home for girls test coronavirus positive
— IBTimes 🇮🇳 (@ibtimes_india) August 17, 2020
These shelter homes are meant to be places of refuge for those without anywhere else to go. It’s regrettable then that they are emerging as possible hotbeds of the coronavirus infection. Authorities’ attempts to control the pandemic in the general population are undercut by the vulnerability of those under their direct care. The news from Nari Niketan has triggered outrage, especially given how it appears as a repeat of the same laxities that led to the outbreak in Kanpur.
90 Girls of govt Shelter Home, Bareilly,UP, tested +ve for COVID in past 2 days. As to how they contracted the virus is still under investigation.
There was another similar incident in Kanpur shelter home 57 girls were found COVID +ve & 7 of them pregnant.
— Khushboo (@Khush_boozing) August 18, 2020
Though India’s number of daily new cases has seen a dip this week, as long as there are outbreaks like the ones in Uttar Pradesh’s shelter homes, there is clearly a long way to go.