Bhopal: The coronavirus has driven the health department up the wall after many of its officers and employees have fallen ill. Despite that, it is barely showing any sensitivity to the disease that has taken the world into its grip, consuming more than 1,00,000 people and afflicting two millions.

The strange orders the department has passed indicate that the department has not learnt anything during the past few days when the disease has burnt its way to the state.

In an order on March 27, director of health Mohan Singh said those who were tested positive for COVID19 should be quarantined in their homes. On the other hand, the chief medical and health officers across the state were directed to keep the patients tested negative in hospitals.

The health department has issued orders both for those who are mildly down with the disease and those afflicted with the virus. In those orders, the department has asked the officials to keep those patients in the hospital, who have shown the symptoms of the disease.

The patients have been divided into three categories – A, B and C. They have been directed to keep the people tested negative in isolation wards at district hospitals. Nevertheless, those who have been tested positive should be quarantined in their homes, the order said.

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