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Police use technology to trace contacts of patients

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Aman Sood

Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 10

The fight against the Covid-19 pandemic has posed several challenges before the Health Department. One of them is to trace the contacts of the patients, as they are reluctant to reveal the names of their contacts to health officials. So, to ensure that each and every contact is traced, health officials have turned to the police.

How this works

  • Once health officials learn about a Covid-19 patient, they pass on his details to the police. Subsequently, the police trace the mobile tower location of the patient to know about his contacts.

How this works? Once health officials learn about a Covid-19 patient, they pass on his details to the police. Subsequently, the police trace the mobile tower location of the patient to know about his contacts.

Almost in every district, a team of police officers has been working round the clock tracing mobile tower locations and call records of patients.

A senior IPS officer confirmed police officials have been regularly getting requests from health officers and the district administration whenever a positive patient or his primary contacts try to hoodwink the authorities.

"In Patiala, the police teams traced three persons who were later found to be primary carriers of the virus. They were reluctant to reveal the names of persons they visited in the past few days. So, the police traced their mobile tower locations to know about their contacts," the officer said.

In Ludhiana and Amritsar, the police helped health officials in tracing the contacts of four patients last week.

"Phone records cannot lie," a top cop attached with the investigation wing said, adding "to quarantine persons close to a Covid-19 patient is the need of the hour to stop the spread of the virus".

"The technology has helped the police track down contacts of positive patients," an SSP said, preferring anonymity.



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