Pune: A woman undergoing treatment fled the COVID Care Centre (CCC) in the College of Engineering Pune (COEP) at Shivajinagar on Saturday evening at around five pm. She was chased by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) staff for about 2.5 kilometres up to Appa Balwant Chowk where traffic police stopped her. She was counselled and then sent back to the centre by the police.
The Shivajinagar CCC was in the news after two asymptomatic patients died while being treated at the centre on Friday evening. After their death in the afternoon, the dead bodies of the patients were kept at the same place for hours before the staff from Shivajinagar ward office arrived. The corpses were then put in a plastic bag and taken to Yerawada crematorium for a funeral.
This COVID Care Centre was started by the PMC a few days before and has only isolation beds. The patients admitted to the centre were worried about their health as only 3 or 4 doctors are attending, over 1500 patients. After the incident on Friday, the woman who was under treatment at this centre was scared and wanted to leave for home. She had asked the staff to allow her to go home, but she was denied permission. So finally on Saturday evening at around 5 pm she gave them a slip and managed to get out of the centre. When the PMC employees realized that she was fleeing, they tried to stop her but she managed to escape.
The woman went straight towards the Appa Balwant Chowk from COEP and covered a distance of about 2.5 kilometres in 30 minutes. She was chased by the PMC staff along this route. Meanwhile, Assistant Police Sub Inspector D G Markande and his staff who were deputed at the chowk for traffic regulation spotted the woman and the PMC staff behind her. Suspecting something to be wrong, APSI Markande stopped the woman and enquired what had happened.
The woman told the police that she wanted to go to her home at Parvati but was not allowed by the staff at the quarantine centre at COEP. The traffic police staff counselled her and asked her to return to the quarantine centre for her and her family's safety. An ambulance was called to take her back to the centre.