A video of a healthcare worker, dressed in a PPE kit, at a roadside shop while transporting a coronavirus patient has come up from Madhya Pradesh, highlighting a major disregard among people for safety protocols amid a second wave in the country.
In the video shot at Shahdol district, the health worker is seen waiting for sugarcane juice at the roadside shop while his colleague – also wearing the PPE kit – is seen sitting inside the ambulance transporting the coronavirus patient. His face mask is seen placed near his chin – a clear violation of protocol at public places. Many people are seen walking past the healthcare worker at the busy road, leaving them exposed to the virus.
“You are transporting a corona patient and also not wearing mask properly,” asks the bystander who shot the video.
“I don’t have corona. I am just transporting the patient. Let me drink,” replies the healthcare worker, who is later seen putting the mask over his nose as he realises his video is being captured.
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– Anurag Dwary (@Anurag_Dwary) April 9, 2021
Madhya Pradesh is among the 10 states accounting for 84.21 per cent of the new cases, according to the Health Ministry.
The state has a total of 3,41,887 active COVID-19 cases and the number of dead has crossed the 54,000-mark.
This morning, India set another record of daily Covid cases with 1,31,968 infections in the last 24 hours, pushing the total case count to over 1.3 crore. The surge, much steeper than last year’s first wave, has forced many states have imposed tight curbs.
India’s COVID-19 cases have soared 13-fold in barely two months – a vicious second wave propelled by an open disregard for safety protocols nationwide – that has seen the third-hardest hit country soaring past its mid-September peak of around 98,000 cases a day.
Election rallies, as well as crowded festivals and religious gatherings, have characterised the record resurgence of the new coronavirus.