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Video goes viral of dead bodies being kept near a testing centre in Thane

Video goes viral as dead bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients are kept near a testing centre at civic-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Thane.

Video goes viral of dead bodies being kept near a testing centre in Thane
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Another video goes viral as dead bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients are kept near a testing centre at civic-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Thane. The video shows bodies of the deceased being kept beside the people waiting to get themselves tested.

The hospital authorities in their defence have stated that the bodies were sanitized and covered and were kept there only temporarily. The TMC has added that it will conduct an official enquiry into the matter.  

In the past, people have been outraged after images circulated on social media of several dead bodies lying in a corridor of the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai. KEM Hospital, which was founded in 1926, is one of the oldest and most well-known medical institutions in Mumbai. The KEM hospital is run by the municipal corporation.

As per reports, the dead bodies were left at the corridor of KEM Hospital as the mortuary had reached its capacity on account of COVID-19 victims. The opposition BJP had slammed the Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra over its handling of the COVID-19 situation in the state. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in India. Thackeray had asserted earlier that by this week up to 14,000 hospital beds would be available in the state by the end of May.

In recent weeks, KEM and Sion Hospitals have been pressed into the fight against COVID-19. KEM Hospital, which has around 2,000 beds, was initially meant to treat non-COVID-19 cases. However, the hospital is now known to procure new facilities for COVID-19 patients.

Earlier this month, videos of bodies of COVID-19 patients being kept at the ward of Sion hospital near other COVID-19 patients had fired social media. Nitesh Rane, who shared the clip, blamed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which runs Sion Hospital, for mismanagement.


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