MP: Health worker transporting COVID-19 patient stops at juice shop
In an incident highlighting the shocking callousness toward the raging coronavirus pandemic, a health worker dressed in a PPE suit stopped an ambulance carrying a COVID-19 patient to order some sugarcane juice in Madhya Pradesh, NDTV reported. The staffer even attempted to clarify his behavior by saying the patient was in the van and he was not infected. Here are more details on this.
The incident took place in Shahdol district
In the video taken at Shahdol district, the health worker has his face mask pulled down to his chin, a violation of the coronavirus-related protocols in public spaces. "I do not have corona. I am just transporting the patient. Let me drink (sic)," he answered when inquired by a bystander who shot the video on his mobile phone that has since gone viral.
You can watch the video here
Shocking laxity: Ambulance carrying a live COVID-19 patient stopped at a juice shop in MP's Shahdol district. One of the staff removes mask to have sugarcane juice. The concerned staff says it's the patient and not me who has COVID. @NewIndianXpress @TheMornStandard pic.twitter.com/diomS8JQjM— Anuraag Singh (@anuraag_niebpl) April 9, 2021
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