The Indian state of Maharashtra is using long-term hand stamps on coronavirus patients as an accountability measure to warn the public that the bearer may be affected by the disease.
T 3473 – Stamping started on hands with voter ink, in Mumbai .. keep safe , be cautious , remain isolated if detected .. pic.twitter.com/t71b5ehZ2H
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 17, 2020
Authorities will stamp the hand of a patient that reads “HOME QUARANTINED,” along with an expiration date.
The ink reportedly lasts for 14 days.
Four passengers were pulled off a train in the country after being spotted with hand stamps.
ALERT- Garibrath operating between #Bandra terminus and #NewDelhi was stopped at #Palghar railway station after four passengers who were home quarantined were seen travelling in the train. @shailesh505 @SachinKalbag @WesternRly @htTweets pic.twitter.com/bj5GffvTa2
— Aroosa Ahmed (@iAroosaAhmed) March 18, 2020
According to Asian News International, the four had flown from Germany into India before they were spotted.
Chief Public Relation Officer, Western Railway: 4 persons suspected to have #COVID19 who had flown down from Germany&were heading to Surat, were deboarded from Garib Rath train in Palghar today. They had 'home quarantine stamp' on their hands, still they were defying the protocol pic.twitter.com/o24vk9LtQK
— ANI (@ANI) March 18, 2020
The news agency said the individuals were “defying the protocol.”