Coronavirus: Indore doctor dies; toll rises to 22 in district
In a tragic piece of news, a 62-year-old doctor died on Thursday due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Reportedly, the doctor may have contracted the disease while treating patients, however, the source is yet to be identified. Meanwhile, the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 22 in the district, which has also reported 213 cases of coronavirus infections.
Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr. Praveen Jadia told PTI the doctor died on Thursday morning. He said, "It appears that he had come in contact with a coronavirus patient during treatment. We are trying to trace the source of infection." In a tweet, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan revealed the identity of the doctor as Dr. Shatrughan Panjwani.
दूसरों के अमूल्य जीवन की रक्षा और #COVID19 के विरुद्ध युद्ध लड़ते हुए बलिदान हो जाने वाले डॉक्टर शत्रुघ्न पंजवानी जी की आत्मा की शांति के लिए हम सब प्रदेशवासी ईश्वर से करबद्ध प्रार्थना करते हैैं।— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 9, 2020
आप जैसे महामानव को कभी भुलाया न जा सकेगा।
विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि! 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/VqTzT2MZVI
In his tweet, CM Chouhan wrote, "We all pray for the soul of Dr. Shatrughan Panjwani, who sacrificed himself to protect priceless lives in the war against COVID-19. A great man like you will never be forgotten."
According to Outlook, Dr. Panjwani was a general physician and died at the Sri Aurobindo Hospital. He had tested positive for COVID-19 four days ago. However, Dr. Panjwani's colleague told the publication that he was not treating patients of the viral disease. He is now survived by his wife and three sons, all of whom are in Australia.
Indore is notably the worst-hit district in Madhya Pradesh. Indore—along with Bhopal and Ujjain—will be completely sealed, as per orders issued by CM Chouhan during a review meeting. Till Wednesday, MP had reported a total of 341 positive cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths, according to a bulletin. Bhopal had reported 94 cases (including one death) and Ujjain reported 15 cases (including five deaths),
According to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry, by 8 am Thursday, India had reported a total of 5,734 cases of COVID-19. These include 166 deaths and 5,095 active cases along with 472 cases where the patient was cured/discharged and one patient who migrated out of India. However, the number of cases and deaths is higher than claimed by the Union Ministry.