Home quarantine is when the government asks people who have been exposed to COVID-19 to stay inside their homes to prevent community transmission. Different states have taken various measures to ensure that the public is following the home quarantine. For example, in Delhi, the mobiles are being tracked of those under a home quarantine order, cops are paying regular visits to these houses and CCTV footage monitoring is being done.
The government has released an official COVID-19 tracker app i.e. the AarogyaSetu app. It tracks the community transmission and traces the contact and travel history of individuals who are quarantined, using both location data and Bluetooth-based proximity tracking on users’ phones. Please follow this link to download it.
If anyone violates home quarantine, they will be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. You may be punished under Section 188 Indian Penal Code, 1860 if:
- You disobey a public servant doing their duty
- You cause any injury or annoyance to public servants while they do their duty
- You do any act which is likely to cause harm to a public servant
You may be punished with jail time up to six months and /or a fine of Rs. 1000.