COVID: Two families informed about bodies of members succumbed to virus rotting since 2020
Bengaluru/IBNS: Nearly a year and a half after they lost their loved ones to Covid-19, two families in Bengaluru have now come to know that the bodies have been rotting since 2020 in the hospital's mortuary.
Durga Sumithra, 40, and Muniraju, in his 50s, died on July 2 last year, as per documents from Employees' State Insurance Corporation and Model Hospital at Rajajinagar in Bengaluru.
During that time, the second wave of the pandemic had triggered a surge in cases, shattering the health infrastructure across the country.
The second wave had also thrown challenges to many families who were not able to get a final glimpse of the ones they lost owing to infection risks.
In Bengaluru, the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) , in-charge of overseeing the hospital bed situation, had also taken control of a part of beds in private facilities to ensure people in need can get admitted.
Family members of the two patients reportedly said civic and hospital authorities did not hand over the body to them, citing infection risks, and informed them that they were cremated.
A year later, in a shock, the families were informed that the bodies of their loved ones were actually rotting in the hospital's morgue after housekeeping staff chanced upon them and alerted authorities.