NEW DELHI: While India gears up to deal with coronavirus infections by rigorously tracing contact and patients with symptoms, pics from some quarantine facilities from the country has drawn criticism from people.
Infact, some people with symptoms of infection are fleeing isolation wards with worries of not getting proper treatment. Some are even concerned about hygiene.
Meanwhile, Rohit Dutta, the first patient from Delhi, who tested positive for coronavirus, said that he watched Netflix on his phone and did Pranayam during his isolation period at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.
He also said that the facility at the hospital was no less than a “luxuty hotel.”
He also received a pleasant surprise when he got a call from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Holi. Dutta said that Vardhan wished him on Holi and asked about his health.
Dutta said that when he showed initial symptoms of the virus, the doctors at the hospital told him that the symptoms are mild and that he would recover.
Dutta revealed that he celebrated his son’s birthday party and that same night he got fever. He was found COVID-19 positive after he got tested.
Dutta also thanked the hospital staff for their services.
India on Sunday offered $10 million to set up a common voluntary emergency fund for the members of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
In an unprecedented move in the diplomatic history of the world, eight countries of SAARC held a web-summit to chalk out a joint strategy to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has hit the world.
The initiative was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of the WHO advisory to avoid public gatherings. The proposal was welcomed and accepted by other members of the SAARC – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Prime Minister Modi led the video-conference on Sunday evening by briefing the members on the measures India took to prevent and contain the pandemic since the outbreak of COVID-19, which originated from Wuhan city in China.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Pakistan’s Minister of State for Health Zafar Mirza, spoke one after another, giving details about the steps each of them have taken in their respective countries to control the pandemic.
Nepal Prime Minister Oli joined the summit even as he had undergone a surgery recently.