Two women self-isolate in southern India’s Andhra Pradesh over Covid fears

In a shocking revelation that shocked people in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and beyond, two women from the state’s Kakinada district lived in isolation in their home for two years for fear of contracting Covid. Located 490 km west of the state capital Hyderabad, the development came out of Kuyyeru village in Kakinada district on Tuesday.

The local authorities reportedly took the woman and her daughter to the government hospital in Kakinada after the family head informed them of the worsening situation. The women, however, refused to open the door of the 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 house in 2020 after the outbreak of Covid. Although the pandemic was later brought under control, women remained isolated.

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

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This is the second incident that has surfaced in the state. In July last year, there was a similar incident from East Godavari district when three women were confined to their house for almost 15 months due to the fear of being infected by Covid.

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