Indian named Corona Warrior for cremating 1,300 victims dies of virus due to lack of hospital beds

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An Indian man dubbed the ‘corona fighter’ for cremating 1,300 Covid victims has died from the virus after being unable to receive treatment and a bed in hospital.

Chandan Nimje, 67, was congratulated by the mayor of Nagpur for risking his life to perform the final rituals for the hundreds of pandemic victims.

The retired government official was working with volunteers when relatives refused to go near the bodies of their loved ones who had succumbed to the virus.

An Indian man (right) dubbed the 'corona fighter' for cremating 1,300 Covid victims has died from the virus after being denied treatment and a bed in hospital

An Indian man (right) dubbed the ‘corona fighter’ for cremating 1,300 Covid victims has died from the virus after being denied treatment and a bed in hospital

The retired government official was working with volunteers when relatives refused to go near the bodies of their loved ones who had succumbed to the virus

The retired government official was working with volunteers when relatives refused to go near the bodies of their loved ones who had succumbed to the virus

After more than a year of cremations, Nimje finally caught the virus and struggled to get a hospital bed and a Tocilizumab shot.

His family was forced to go to a private hospital and spend all their savings, but they were still unable to save Nimje, who died on May 26. The Times of India reported.

The sons of the ‘corona fighter’ also lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Arvind Rataudi, who worked closely with Nimje, said: ‘We approached everyone, not only for financial aid, but also for a bed and medicines, but no one responded.

Crematoria in India are overwhelmed by the number of victims of the virus in the second wave

Crematoria in India have been overwhelmed by the number of victims of the virus in the second wave

Relatives of Vijay Raju, who died as a result of Covid, mourn his cremation at a crematorium site in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru

Relatives of Vijay Raju, who died as a result of Covid, mourn his cremation at a crematorium site in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru

“We approached the commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), collector and other top officials, but no one helped the person who worked to dignify more than 1,300 civilians at death.”

After retiring, Nimje joined Rataudi’s King Cobra Youth Force (KCYF), an organization helping Covid victims that was founded in March last year.

He is believed to have contracted the virus when he went for his first dose of the vaccine and later developed a low-grade fever before his sister, two sons and wife all started showing symptoms.

All five tested positive and Nimje’s health began to deteriorate as volunteers began looking for a hospital bed.

Rataudi said: “I personally called the collector, NMC chief and political leaders to arrange an injection. But no one answered the phone.

“One of our volunteers in Delhi, Arjun, who knew Dada, then sent four vials of Tocilizumab by Indigo flight, without asking for money.”

But Nimje’s condition continued to deteriorate before his death on May 26.

His fellow volunteers and relatives performed his cremation.

After more than a year of cremations, Nimje finally caught the virus and struggled to get a hospital bed and a Tocilizumab shot

After more than a year of cremations, Nimje finally caught the virus and struggled to get a hospital bed and a Tocilizumab shot

Rataudi promised to bring a case against the chief minister, collector and NMC commissioner in Nagpur for negligence.

He said: ‘If we, with our thousands of activists, fail to get help for the old man in a timely manner, imagine the plight of ordinary citizens as a result of such attitudes by authorities.’

It comes after horrific images have emerged of stray dogs eating human remains washed up on the banks of an Indian river as crematoria continue to collapse under the strain of the Covid crisis.

Body parts, some half burned, floated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River in Uttarkashi town in Uttrakhand.

The retired government official was working with volunteers when relatives refused to go near the bodies of their loved ones who had succumbed to the virus

The retired government official was working with volunteers when relatives refused to go near the bodies of their loved ones who had succumbed to the virus

A local resident said he was painting by the river on Monday when he saw the dogs “gnaw and feed on” the dead.

“I feel it’s the death of humanity,” the man said NDTV while calling on the local government to deal with the accumulation of corpses.

Locals are concerned that they may be Covid victims and that the disease could spread through the water or through the dogs that ate the bodies.

While the infection rate in India has fallen since it peaked in early May, with daily cases exceeding 132,364 on Wednesday, the daily death toll with 2,713 additional victims is believed to be a drastic underestimate.

A dog is seen chewing on what is said to be human remains

A dog is seen chewing on what is said to be human remains

A stray dog ​​is seen among human remains on the banks of the Bhagirathi River in the city of Uttarkashi in Uttrakhand

A stray dog ​​is seen among human remains on the banks of the Bhagirathi River in the city of Uttarkashi in Uttrakhand

A stray dog ​​is seen among human remains on the banks of the Bhagirathi River in the city of Uttarkashi in Uttrakhand

Local workers in PPE attend the crisis on the banks of the Bhagirathi River in Uttarkashi city in Uttrakhand

Local workers in PPE attend the crisis on the banks of the Bhagirathi River in Uttarkashi city in Uttrakhand

The city of Uttarkashi is located on the banks of the river Bhagirathi in the state of Uttrakhand, Northern India

The city of Uttarkashi is located on the banks of the river Bhagirathi in the state of Uttrakhand, Northern India

Many of the country’s gates, the steps at the river’s edge where Hindus traditionally burn their dead, the crematoria and cemeteries, have been overwhelmed.

Crematoria in New Delhi ran out of wood last month, so many deaths per day.

Ramesh Semwal, the chairman of the Uttarkashi municipality, said yesterday that he had ordered local authorities to take care of the bodies in the river.

‘The number of deaths in our region has increased in recent days. I also found out that bodies are not properly incinerated, so I instructed the administration to arrange the cremation of half-burnt bodies in Kedar Ghat,” Semwal told NDTV.

There was a similar case last month of suspected coronavirus victims washing ashore on the banks of the Ganges River in the northern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Footage also surfaced yesterday showing family members wearing full PPE dumping a body into the Rapti River in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh.

Authorities believe that families of the dead may not have been able to find space to cremate their loved ones or pay for the final rituals.

India has been battling a severe third wave of coronavirus in the past month, and while the number of cases has begun to decline, the country faces a rising daily death toll in the coming weeks.

India has reported an official death toll of 340,702, but according to an analysis published last week by the New York Times, the figure was more likely to be 1.6 million.

The newspaper predicted that while this was the likely toll, the worst-case scenario could reach 4.2 million Covid deaths in the country’s 1.4 billion.

Vinod Paul, head of India’s coronavirus task force, dismissed the study, saying it was “unsupported by any evidence and based on biased estimates.”

‘Our [fatality] number is 0.05 percent of those infected. They said 0.3 percent. Why? On what basis did you decide it’s 0.3 percent of that great infection universe? There is no base at all. Five people get together, call each other and then throw this number. That’s how this report came about,” Paul told NDTV.

“There may be some late reporting of deaths, but there is no intent from any state or the Center. If I applied the same triple standard to New York, there would be 50,000 dead. But they say it’s 16,000. So this is distorted,” he added.

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