With doctors and nurses investing their time and efforts in selflessly curing the patients, India is fighting with the global pandemic coronavirus as hard as it can. But are the healthcare professionals safe? A nurse from a Government Medical College Hospital recently tested positive for COVID-19. Twenty other members of the staff who came in contact with her are also being observed.

Key Takeaways:

  • A nurse at the Government Medical College Hospital, Kerala, recently tested positive for COVID-19. Other members of the staff accompanying her are also under observation.
  • The nurse is now in self-isolation, from where she shared a letter on Whatsapp highlighting how the coronavirus will be defeated in her state. 
  • As of the dawn of 30th March, the total cases of coronavirus in Kerala stood at 202, the second-highest share of coronavirus patients across the country. 

Addressing coronavirus, she shared a letter on Whatsapp, which went viral for obvious reasons. No, she isn’t feeling sorry for herself after catching the virus, but in turn, she feels sorry for the virus. She sympathizes with it over its defeat in Kerala, which she credits with having a robust healthcare system. The nurse got infected after coming in contact with a Ranni-based couple who had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Uninvited Friend Who Came

In her letter titled ‘Uninvited Friend Who Came,’ she feels bad for her ‘friend’ (virus), whose plans are going awry. “My dear friend, you don’t know. This is Kerala. Within one week, I will overpower you and leave this room.” She further expresses how the virus thought it’ll first infect her, lock her up in a room, and then go on to infect others. “But I blocked that plan nicely,” she writes.

“The friend had a misconception, that people can be scared away. Instead, the people around me started to take care of me and pray for me. Though my friend, you tried to make me feel depressed, my colleagues, senior staff, doctors, nursing officers, and the government have been wholeheartedly supporting me. This gives me the strength to fight you alone in this room,” she adds in her letter.

Coronavirus Statistics 

India is nearing the 1200 mark as the number of coronavirus positive cases on Monday morning stood at 1190. Maharashtra has been the worst-hit state with nearly 215 cases, followed by Kerala which has around 202 cases. Globally, the cases have crossed 7,00,000 and the number of deaths has also surpassed 34,000. The mortality rate, for now, stands at 18 percent and is gradually increasing, as compared to its initial, two percent value. Total deaths in India stand at 32 while 98 people have been either cured or discharged across the country.

The USA currently has the highest number of coronavirus positive cases in the world, even more than China, where it all started. In the number of deaths, Italy tops the chart with more than 10,000 deaths reported. As India is going through a 21-day lockdown, the rumours that it might be further extended have been negated by the Centre, this morning.

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