Just days after over 3,300 coronavirus positive patients went ‘untraceable’ in Bengaluru, the story repeated itself in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur, where 42 COVID-19 patients were found neither in hospitals, nor in home isolation, prompting authorities to launch a drive to trace them down.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Ghazipur has written a letter to Additional District Magistrate (ADM) in this regard, stating that ‘tracing of 42 positive patients is underway’.
Notably, the shocking development comes at a time the overall COVID-19 tally in Ghazipur district has spiked to 1,138, including a spike of 70 new cases on Thursday. Of these, 567 patients have been discharged after being cured, while 567 are active cases. The death toll, meanwhile, is ten.
Meanwhile, the overall COVID-19 count in Uttar Pradesh breached the 80,000-mark with a record spike of 3,705 on Thursday. Also on the day, the state registered its highest single-day death toll of 57. Of the total 81,309 cases in the state thus far, while 46,803 patients have recovered, 32,649 are still undergoing treatment.
Minor pushing hospital stretcher
The video, which shows the minor helping his mother push the stretcher carrying his ailed grandfather, has been shared with a narrative that takes a dig at the existing medical facilities of West Bengal to treat the novel Coronavirus patients. The 17 second footage has been captioned as, “Democracy is in danger today, hence such a scenario can be seen in West Bengal.”
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader of West Bengal, Phalguni Patra, had also shared the video on her official Facebook page with the same narrative. The video has since been deleted. Below is a screenshot of the Facebook post.
India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 1.6 million mark on Friday with a single day spike of more than 55,000 cases for the first time, according to figures released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
As many as 1,057,805 people have recovered from the coronavirus disease whereas of the total 16,38,870 confirmed cases in the country 545,318 are active. The toll due to the virus has gone up to 35,747.
1,587 patients, meanwhile, have lost their lives.