Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials and state government can breathe a sigh of relief as all the 35 secondary contacts of two Britain returnees have been tested negative.

However, after the apartment residents refused to move into institutional quarantine like hotels and hospital isolation wards, the BBMP sealed the entire apartment in Vasanthapura in Bengaluru South on Tuesday evening.

The BBMP after tracing the mother and her minor daughter who returned from Britain ten days ago subjected them to RT-PCR test and the nasal swabs were sent and put under quarantine. Soon after the results were out, the duo were placed in the new strain bracket list and sent to Victoria Hospital's special ward.

The BBMP and health department also subjected the apartment dwellers to tests to contain the spread and all have been tested negative.However, they will now be under quarantine for 14 days.
 
As per reports, volunteers and home guards were deployed near the apartment to ensure the supplies of essentials and the apartment is being monitored with hawk eyes.

The residents were hesitant to move into hotels or hospital wards as they feared getting infected from these places and hence rejected the BBMP's direction to shift.

The BBMP officials say that the apartment has 12 houses with 37 dwellers including the two Britain returnees who are in hospital now.