Officials in the US are surrounding the house a 53-year-old who escaped from an isolation centre.

According to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, the man tested positive for Coronavirus but left the hospital against medical advice and the enforced quarantine is meant to prevent him from spreading the virus.

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Nelson County officials “forced an isolation” on the man, one of the first 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, CNN reported.

“It’s a step I hoped that I’d never have to take,” Beshear said in a conference.

“But I can’t allow one person who we know has this virus to refuse to protect their neighbors.”

The unnamed man will be under 24-hour surveillance for the next 14 days.

There have been 6,413 confirmed cases across the US so far.

In Kenya, the government has warned it will prosecute people who refuse to self-quarantine after arriving from COVID-19 hit countries.

 

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