17-year-old Rita anticipated her father to be again quickly from Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital the place he was admitted on April 16 for prime sugar ranges and fever, however he died the subsequent day and it was later discovered that he was coronavirus constructive.
Rita (title modified), her mom and her two siblings have been examined for COVID-19 and the outcomes are nonetheless awaited.
On April 19, the hospital knowledgeable the household that he was COVID-19 constructive and it could maintain his cremation. The contagion, if precautions are usually not taken, can unfold.
“None of us could see his face for the last time,” stated Rita, the eldest of her siblings – one five-years-old and the opposite 13-years-old. Oblivious to the state of affairs, the five-year-old has been advised his father is away for work.
The sufferer’s swab samples had been taken for COVID-19 testing between 11 am and 12 pm on April 17. In about 12 hours, his conditioned deteriorated and he died, members of the family stated.
His situation worsened the very subsequent day after being admitted to the hospital, stated the sufferer”s brother-in-law.
The affected person’s physique was saved on the hospital until April 19 when his studies arrived. He had examined constructive for the novel coronavirus.
“The hospital told us that they would take care of the cremation and we would not be allowed anywhere near the body. His body was wrapped in plastic sheets (protection used to contain the infection),” the brother-in-law stated.
The sufferer’s spouse was with him through the two days of his hospitalisation, he stated.
After the studies got here on April 19, members of the family, together with the affected person’s brother-in-law, had been examined the subsequent day for the an infection. The outcomes got here unfavorable.
The physique was taken to the Nigambodh Ghat and cremated. The ghat has an electrical crematorium, and final rites of COVID-19 victims are being carried out there.
“Only my wife’s brother was allowed for the cremation, and that too from a distance, fearing the spread of infection,” the brother-in-law of the sufferer stated.
Since the physique was wrapped in protecting sheets, it was by no means opened. “We still have not got his ashes,” the sufferer’s brother-in-law stated.