Two Andhra women self-isolate for 2 years due to Covid fear


Amaravati, December 20 (IANS): Two women from Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada district were confined to their home for two years for fear of contracting Covid-19.

The shocking incident came to light in Kuyyeru village of Kakinada on Tuesday.

The authorities took the woman and her daughter to the government hospital in Kakinada after the family heads reported their worsening condition.

The health workers resisted as the women refused to open the door to their room. The female health workers finally convinced them to open the door and forcibly took them to the hospital.

Local officials said both women are suspected of being mentally unfit.

Mani and his daughter Durga Bhavani were confined to the four walls of their home after the outbreak of Covid in 2020. Although the pandemic was later brought under control, women remained isolated.

Mani’s husband was giving them food and water, but they were not allowed to enter the room for the last week. He, then, turned to the local authorities.

This is the second incident that has surfaced in the state. In July last year, there was a similar incident in East Godavari district.

Three women were locked inside their homes for almost 15 months due to the fear of being infected by Covid. A couple and their two children were isolated after one of their neighbors died of Covid.

The matter came to light when a village volunteer went to take a thumb impression for allowing them a housing plot under a government scheme. After alerting the volunteers, the authorities took them to a hospital.

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