In a shocking update coming from Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, 57 girls of a government-run shelter home test positive for coronavirus. Out of them, 5 girls have also been reported as pregnant. With such an outburst at a single spot, this shelter home has now become the new hotspot of COVID-19 in the state, which otherwise, has so far done remarkably well to control the epidemic.
All the infected girls have now been shifted to the COVID-19 hospitals. The staff and other non-infected girls have also been shifted to quarantine centers.
The entire case came into limelight when in a test conducted last week, two of the girls were found pregnant. When they were further tested for coronavirus under the mandatory test, their results came positive.
On the pregnancy of the inmates of the shelter home, the Kanpur District Magistrate has clarified that the girls were already pregnant when they were admitted to the shelter homes.
It is speculated that the two girls could have acquired infection when they visited the hospital for their pregnancy test. Once back to the shelter home, the virus might have spread to other girls. Poonam Kapoor, one of the members of the UP State Women’s Commission explained this probability.
Kanpur currently has 400 active coronavirus cases which are the second-highest in the state. Uttar Pradesh has nearly 17,000 cases out of which only 6,000 cases are active. Uttar Pradesh has recorded 507 COVID-related deaths so far.