tirsdag 24. mars 2020

Coronavirus: Is this textile city set to be 'India's Italy'?

At 05:00 local time (23:30 GMT) of 8 March, the intensive care unit of a private hospital in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan received a 68-year-old man suffering from pneumonia. He was also having problems breathing. At the Brijesh Bangar Memorial Hospital in Bhilwara, the new patient was examined by 58-year-old Alok Mittal, a doctor of internal medicine, and his team. The patient wasn't asked about any travel history; nor did he disclose anything. There were six other patients in the ICU.

The man's condition did not improve much, and two days later, he was sent to a private hospital in Jaipur, some 250km (155 miles) away, for specialised treatment. In Jaipur, he was treated in two hospitals. "We had no idea what was in store," Shantilal Acharya, an intensive care nurse who received the patient in the Bhilwara hospital, told me.