KATHMANDU, Sept 19: As many as 444 people, who were diagnosed with the COVID-19, in Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) have gone out of contact with local authorities.
According to the latest data released by the Urban Health Division under the KMC on Friday, the KMC officials have not been able to establish contact with 444 COVID-19 patients. Those gone out of contact from the local authorities have switched off their mobile phone, making it difficult for the metropolis to trace their whereabouts.
Officials said a large number of people have expressed their unwillingness to come to the contact of the local authorities for reasons unknown once they are tested positive for the virus.
Amid concerns that COVID-19 could spread further if those going out of contact from local authorities do not stay in home isolation, the Department of Health Service and District Health Office have sought help from the KMC to trace their whereabouts. KMC officials said they have been actively working with ward offices to check if they are still living in the metropolis