New Delhi: In a shocking incident in Bengaluru, an ambulance driver was beaten up by the relatives of a COVID-19 positive patient who died while being taken to a city hospital. Also Read - Karnataka Unlock 3 News: No Night Curfew, Sunday Lockdowns From Aug 2; Gyms, Yoga Centres Can Open From Aug 5 | Read Guidelines
The incident took place last evening after the family of the deceased, a 75-year-old coronavirus patient, called up a 1080 ambulance from the MS Ramaiah Hospital. On reaching the hospital, the patient couldn’t be admitted due to unavailability of beds. Also Read - Former Karnataka Minister Raja Madangopal Nayak, at 70, Dies of COVID-19
In the meantime, it is reported, the man passed away inside the ambulance after which his irate relatives beat up the driver for not keeping an oxygen kit in the ambulance. A video of the assault, too, went viral on social media.
The ambulance drive later filed a police complaint at the Sadashivnagar police station. The hospital, meanwhile, collected the deceased’s swamp sample and sent it for COVID-19 testing.
Condemning the incident, Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr Sudhakar K tweeted: “It is indeed sad to hear that a 75-year-old man died in an ambulance while waiting for a patient at M S Ramaiah Hospital. The government is trying to reduce the death toll. Had the hospital staff admitted him sooner, he wouldn’t have died”.
“Regardless of what the issue is, this is unacceptable”, he added.
Notably, in April, the Centre had passed an Ordinance to ensure safety of COVID-19 warriors after a spate of attacks on them in different parts of the country triggered nationwide outrage.
Karnataka, which recently became one of only five states to have crossed the one lakh COVID-19 case mark, on Thursday, reported its highest single-day spike with 6,128 new infections, taking its tally to 1,18,632. This includes 69,699 active cases, 46,694 recoveries and 2,230 deaths.