Visakhapatnam: Waiting for a bed, a one-and-half-a-year old child died of Covid-19 in an ambulance near CSR Block of King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

The child, suffering from congenital heart disease, was shifted to King George Hospital from a private hospital in Gajuwaka. The baby also contacted Covid-19. As her condition worsened, she was rushed to KGH in an ambulance and her parents made frantic efforts to get her admitted to the CSR block.

As the waiting was too long, the baby succumbed to the virus in the ambulance this afternoon. All along the baby was on oxygen support in the ambulance.

The parents were seen squatted on the ground near the hospital waiting for their dead child in their arms. Passersby tried to console them but in vain. The young couple wailing with the baby in arms became viral on social media.

In another incident, a man and his brother-in-law were forced to carry their mother's body on a motorcycle for a distance of 18 kilometers. The incident took place in Palasa Mandal of Srikakulam on Tuesday.

Reports said 50-year-old woman G Chenchu of Killoyi tribal hamlet under Mandasa Mandal in Srikakulam district fell ill. Her son Narendra and son-in-law Ramesh took her to Neelamani Durga Hospital in Palasa Town of the district for treatment, where she was referred to a diagnostic center for a CT scan.

The woman underwent the CT scan but died before the report came. Later, the doctor said the woman had Covid-19 symptoms. Hoping to arrange an ambulance or any other vehicle, the family kept waiting with the body before ferrying it to the cremation ground on a bike.

Revenue officials said that the last rites of the woman were performed as per Covid-19 protocol.


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