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COVID-19 patient falls, dies waiting for help in puddle in Bikaner

Finally, the District Collector was told about the incident, who ordered the staff to pick the body.

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Jaipur, June 23 : In a heart-rending incident, a COVID-19 patient who slipped in a puddle of dirty water died even while his teenaged daughter — who too was corona positive — kept pleading in vain for help at the Covid care centre in Bikaner in Rajasthan.

The patient was hospitalised at the PBM COVID centre and collapsed outside a restroom on Monday after slipping in dirty water outside. However, none of those present at the centre — neither the staff not others — allegedly came to his rescue even though his 14-year-old daughter kept pleading, officials said.

A video clip on the shocking incident has gone viral, showing the man lying in a pool of dirty water even as his daughter can be seen crying and yelling for help.

After lying on the ground for around half an hour, the patient died, but still no one came to their rescue.

A hospital staff said: “No one wanted to pick or touch the COVID-19 patient, fearing transmission of the virus. Covid-19 has changed human sentiments and changed the definition of humanity. That is why the man kept lying in hospital with no help.”

Both the man and his daughter had tested corona positive two days ago and lodged at this COVID-19 centre.

It was learnt that the girl had even called up her mother, who then contacted their landlord. He further contacted the Chief Medical Health Officer, who asked the hospital staff to act, but to no avail. In the meantime, the patient had passed away.

Finally, the District Collector was told about the incident, who ordered the staff to pick the body.

CMHO Dr BL Meena told IANS that the family”s landlord had called him up and he in turn called Medical Superintendent Dr Mohammad Saleem to help the patient to be moved from the washroom.

“After a call from the landlord, I immediately called up the MS at 8.35 am and asked him to bring the man back to his bed. However, by 10 am, I received the information that the man had died.”

Dr Saleem maintained that the patient had fever and had gone to the washroom along with an attendant. “When he did not come out for some time, he knocked the door, but there was no response. We had to break open the door. The patient had collapsed. We brought him to his bed and tried to revive him, but he did not gain consciousness.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma on Tuesday said that strict action shall be taken against “negligent” officials after investigating complaints against them. “Carelessness of some people will not be tolerated. Further, a Nodal Officer will also be appointed for speedy redress of complaints,” he added.

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Lightning kills 15 more in Bihar

The meteorological department has issued an alert for thunderstorms in more than a dozen districts, including Patna, Bhojpur, Vaishali and Nalanda in the state.

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Patna, July 4 : Fifteen more people lost their lives due to lightning amid heavy rain and thunderstorms in seven districts of Bihar in the last 24 hours.

According to the information received from the districts, 15 persons were killed by lightning during the past 24 hours in the state. Of these, six persons died in Vaishali, two in Lakhisarai, three in Samastipur and one each in Gaya, Banka, Nalanda and Jamui districts.

The meteorological department has issued an alert for thunderstorms in more than a dozen districts, including Patna, Bhojpur, Vaishali and Nalanda in the state.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has appealed to the people to be vigilant and follow the guidelines issued by the disaster management department for protection against lightning in the inclement weather. He suggested that people stay at home and be safe.

On Thursday, 26 persons died due to lightning striking different districts. These included six in Patna, four in east Champaran, seven in Samastipur, three in Katihar, two each in Shivhar and Madhepura and one each in Purnia and west Champaran districts.

Last Tuesday, 11 persons died as lightning fell in various districts of Bihar while on June 26, 96 persons perished as lightning struck different parts of the state.

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UP authorities begin demolition of Vikas Dubey’s village house

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Kanpur, July 4 : A day after eight police personnel were shot dead by history-sheeter Vikas Dubey and his gang in Bikru village under Chaubeypur police circle in Kanpur, authorities on Saturday reached the village along with a team and started to demolish the well-fortified house of the gangster.

It was learnt that police had got Vikas Dubey”s father and his family along with servants to vacate the premises and cordoned off an area of 50 metre around the house before launching the demolition drive. Even the structures used to park vehicles within the compound have been demolished.

Even the media has been barred from the area during the demolition drive at the house, which has not only 30- to 40-feet-high thick walls on the perimeter, but is also secured by concertina wire and 50 CCTVs.

Sources said that Vikas Dubey had illegally occupied land worth crores of rupees in Kanpur and other places. He also owned a number of luxury vehicles, apart from expensive furniture and electronic gadgets.

After the encounter, police had sealed the house and conducted a thorough search at the house, where a bunker was also discovered in an old house within the premises.

Villagers said that the new residential building within the compound had come up only seven-eight years ago and that the ancestral house within the compound was now used to lodge servants.

Three of the four gates on the perimeter walls were wide enough for four-wheelers to enter and exit and were secured by CCTVs, both inside and outside.

It is pertinent to mention here that a police team comprising about 50 police personnel had gone to the village around 3.30 am on Friday after a tip-off about the presence of Vikas Dubey at his village house.

Dubey and his men had parked a JCB in a village bylane to block their way. As soon as the police team reached there, the gangsters started firing from the terrace of an adjacent house.

The criminals, numbering about a dozen, had also pelted the police team with stones. The deceased police personnel had received multiple bullet wounds in the incident.

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COVID-19: Fresh surge in corona cases causes alarm in Agra

Increased mobility and opening of markets in Unlock-2, plus the monsoon rains, can further increase the number of cases, health officials indicated.

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Agra, July 4 : With 14 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours, alarm bells have begun to ring in the Taj city. The district authorities have reviewed the grim situation and scaled up testing in the hotspots.

In view of the spike in cases, the authorities have again raised the number of containment and buffer zones to 68. Earlier, the number had dropped to 54.

The new cases have taken the tally to 1,267. Six patients were discharged after recovery. The death toll now stands at 90, while the total number of discharged patients is 1,040. Health officials said the number of active cases now was 137.

The recovery rate is 82.09 per cent.

Indian Medical Association (IMA) secretary doctor Sanjay Chaturvedi said the picture would be clear in eight to ten days. The number of positive cases had gone below ten, but now it has gone up again. As private labs begin testing samples, the cases could go up, he feared.

Increased mobility and opening of markets in Unlock-2, plus the monsoon rains, can further increase the number of cases, health officials indicated.

But the district administration and the screening teams now organising health camps in hotspots were fully prepared to cope with the challenges, they said.

A total of 41 teams surveyed 2,541 homes on Friday, contacting more than 10,000 people who were provided free medicines and consultations.

Three private laboratories are now offering testing facilities. One problem the survey teams faced was wrong addresses and mobile phone numbers recorded by the patients. Rescue teams had now been asked to cross check and verify the details to be able to trace positive cases.

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