Police are hunting a young woman after she fled quarantine at a hospital where she was being tested for the deadly and highly infectious coronavirus.
Ekaterina Repyakh was admitted to hospital in Sevastopol, on the Crimean peninsula, in early February when she returned from China with a fever, according to reports.
However, she is said to have discharged herself before doctors had finished testing her for the virus, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation.
Ekaterina had undergone two tests for coronavirus, with both returning negative results, but she had been told she had to remain in hospital pending the result of a third and final test.
Defying the order, she discharged herself and left the hospital before the result came back.
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Reports in Crimea said she wanted to travel to Russia’s Rostov Oblast for reasons not specified.
She was consequently placed on a wanted list, with police actively searching for her.
Natalya Penkovskaya, head of the Interregional Department of Rospotrebnadzor in Sevastopol, said: “The city court decided to put the woman on a wanted list after she abandoned the hospital on her own without waiting for the official release.”
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The official added that despite previous tests returning negative results, Ekaterina was told to stay in the hospital in line with strict protocol while she waited for the results of the third analysis.
The woman’s location and condition remain unknown.
According to reports, after raids were held in Moscow hotels on February 28, 88 people were found who had allegedly violated the isolation regime after returning from China.
All 88 are subject to deportation from the country.
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