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Covid patient in Lucknow dials government helpline, told to ‘go die’

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In what can only be described as a shocking case of apathy, a recorded conversation between a Covid-19 patient in Lucknow and a member of the coronavirus command centre has raised serious doubts about the mechanism put in place to assist patients and their families, reported India Today.

The patient, Santosh Kumar, along with his wife got tested for the virus on 10 April. Their Covid reports arrived on 12 April. Santosh called the command centre for assistance, he received a call back from the centre 15 April.

In the call that lasted for 54 seconds, a representative of the UP government’s Covid-19 command centre asks Santosh Kumar Singh whether he has downloaded the home isolation app.

When Singh told her that he had not been informed about any such app, the representative told him to “go die”.

Santosh Kumar Singh has now written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash highlighting the incident and seeking clarification, the India Today report read.

Lucknow reported over 6,500 new confirmed cases of infection on Friday, the healthcare services are facing the heat after a massive spike in Covid-19 cases in the city.

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