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Haryana: Official Who Performed Over 300 Last Rites for COVID Victims Succumbs to Virus

Praveen Kumar was in command of the team of the Municipal Corporation tasked with cremating the bodies of coronavirus victims.

Haryana: Official Who Performed Over 300 Last Rites for COVID Victims Succumbs to Virus

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 May 2021 3:04 PM GMT

Hissar:

Praveen Kumar, 43, according to a spokesperson for the Hisar Municipal Corporation, died of COVID-19 on May 17 night at a private hospital.

He was an official of the Hisar Municipal Corporation, who gracefully performed the last rites of over 300 COVID-19 victims.

Two days after contracting the COVID-19 virus, Praveen Kumar succumbed to death, said the spokesperson on the 18th of May.

According to a Municipal Corporation official, Praveen Kumar, 43, died on May 17 at a private hospital.

Praveen Kumar was in command of the team of the Municipal Corporation tasked with cremating the bodies of coronavirus victims.

"He had cremated over 300 COVID bodies so far since last year. He tested positive two days ago. He was admitted to a private hospital, where his oxygen level kept dipping due to which he died," the spokesperson said.

Kumar also served as the president of Hisar's Municipal Corporation Safai Karamchari Union.

His death ceremony was held on May 18 at a cremation ground in Rishi Nagar, Hisar in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

The demise of Praveen Kumar gives us an insight into how vulnerable our frontline COVID-19 workers are in the face of the deadly infectious disease which has claimed millions of lives worldwide. The least we can do to honour their sacrifice is to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols by inculcating COVID friendly behaviour. Praveen Kumar is one of the many frontline COVID warriors to have lost their lives serving the people.

Hissar is the worst affected rural belt in Haryana to have been heavily affected by the novel coronavirus. Villages in the district of Hissar reported the highest COVID-19 induced fatalities so far with 343 cases and also reported the highest number of death in the state in the first half of May with 258 cases.

Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, Haryana reported 7,488 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 144 COVID-19 induced fatalities.

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