Actor Nafisa Ali stuck in Goa, without ration and medicines
The ongoing nationwide lockdown has taken a major toll on normal life, impacting more than a billion Indians, amid the catastrophic coronavirus pandemic. Veteran actor and politician Nafisa Ali Sodhi, who is currently in Goa, is also having a hard time dealing with it, as she doesn't have access to basic food and medicines. Further, she said her niece has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Sharing her plight with Hindustan Times, the 63-year-old said she is in North Goa's Morjim, a one-hour drive away from state capital Panaji. She said the grocery shops have been shut for nearly a week there. Nafisa, who is a cancer survivor, said she has been taking only dry food for the past few days, as they have run out of fruits and vegetables.
Nafisa, who has acted in movies like Major Saab and Life In A... Metro, said she and her family arrived in Morjim from Delhi in March for 10 days, but could not return after the lockdown was announced. Nafisa said she has almost run out of her medicines, which are not available at medical shops in Morjim. Further, the courier services are not working.
Nafisa also revealed to the publication that her niece, Diya Naidu, tested positive for COVID-19 in Bengaluru. Diya, a dancer, had recently returned from Switzerland. Fortunately, she has recovered completely from the disease, Nafisa informed. "The recovery rate is very good but people have to get the treatment, and for that they need to be tested...that's how we can beat this," she concluded.
The lockdown, which commenced on March 25, has mounted plenty of problems for people across the country, more so for the poor and the migrant laborers. Many people have lost their jobs. Some are running out of savings, while others are unable to travel back home. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic is growing steadily in India. It has claimed over 50 lives and infected 2,000+.