A mother and daughter reportedly locked themselves in a small room inside their home at Kuyyeru village of Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada district in India since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020.
K Mani, 44, and her 21-year-old daughter K Durga Bhavani never came out of their house since the pandemic began; they had not seen the sunlight nor met anyone outside their family in the past three years for fear of catching the virus, The Times of India reported.
They even declined to meet Mani’s husband, K Suri Babu, for the past four months, even when he brought them food. Babu reportedly called the authorities after he heard them screaming.
The police and health officials responded and broke open the door on Tuesday and found them curled up and covered with blankets in the corner of the room. Both were coaxed out of the room after multiple hours of persuading them. They were transported to the Kakinada government hospital.
According to the doctors, they are evaluating the women’s mental and physical condition. “They are physically stable. We have kept them under the supervision of a psychiatrist,” said Dr. Hema Latha.
Psychiatrist Dr. Rami Reddy also said the women have had schizophrenia and hwere treated for seven years, but the fear of COVID-19 may have possibly heightened the disease.
Suri Babu, a vegetable vendor, said it all began with him telling the women to wear masks and stay inside during the early days of the pandemic. They locked themselves in the room after hearing about the deaths caused by the virus, he said.
India has recorded 112 new coronavirus cases, while the active cases declined to 3,490, Mint reported citing the Union Health Ministry data update on Tuesday.
The active cases comprise 0.01% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.80%, the ministry added. A decrease of 69 cases was reported in the active COVID-19 caseload within 24 hours.