COVID-19 Positive Refuses to be Taken to Hospital, Hugs Neighbors in Rage

A 40-year-old man who had been tested positive for COVID-19 has caused a commotion as he refused to be taken to the hospital by a team of medical workers and fumed at his neighbors in the city of Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia.

The man enraged when a team, wearing hazmat suits, approached to pick him up at his house in Empangsari subdistrict in the city on Friday. He became more infuriated when neighbors recorded the event on their mobile phones. He ran after the neighbors and hugged them in an apparent attempt to infect them with the pandemic disease. “What are you staring at? I will hug you all, you will soon be people under monitoring,” he said, referring to his neighbors while chasing and hugging them.

Luckily, the medical workers managed to persuade the man to be taken to hospital and quarantined in an isolation room. Tasikmalaya Deputy Mayor Muhammad Yusuf confirmed that a patient had gone berserk when he was to be picked up by medical workers. Yusuf said the authority had to pick up the patient as he had refused to isolate himself. “I have ordered a team to forcibly take the patient because if not, it would be dangerous for the neighborhood if transmission occurs,” he said.

He also demanded that the team track the patient’s contacts and disinfect the area around the patient’s house.

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