A girl cried loudly as she fought her own mother to try to give water to her Covid-positive father, who had been shunned by their village, in a video from Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the many painful stories that have emerged during the second deadly wave of the pandemic in the country.
The 50-year-old man, who worked in Vijaywada, returned to his village of Srikakulam after testing positive. But he was not allowed to enter the village, let alone his own house.
He was forced to stay in a hut near the fields outside the village.
The video, apparently filmed by a villager who watched the tragic scenes without help, shows the 17-year-old’s daughter sobbing as she tried to bring a bottle of water to her father, and is held back by his mother, who was afraid. of her catches the infection.
The man was lying on the ground as his daughter ran towards him and was finally able to give him water. The person who filmed the video was overheard saying earlier that there were no hospital beds available to treat the man, who died shortly after. The family has also tested positive. He is also heard telling the family that they can go see the man because they are all positive.
The video pans to show that there are more people watching the events from a distance.
The incident exposes the stigma attached to a Covid infection – more contagious in the second wave – in villages across the country, even within families.
Andhra Pradesh has reported around 20,000 cases and 71 deaths per day. So far, the state has registered around 11 lakh cases.
In another incident, a 55-year-old woman died on Sunday hours after being admitted to a government hospital with a high fever and cough in Nandigama.