Some Filipinos in India want to return to the Philippines because of the increasing number of COVID-19 infections there. Some of them recounted how serious the situation of the patients there was because the hospitals were already full.
In a report by Dano Tingcungco on GTV “State of the Nation” on Tuesday, Fatima Sharma, a Filipina living in India, said she has compatriots who want to return to the Philippines.
“Ang situation in India is worse. I think. This is worse than last year,” said Sharma.
Anabelle Villamarin, a school principal in Haryana, said she has heard that only husbands perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on their spouses due to the number of patients.
She also allegedly saw people leaving their relatives in the driveway because they could no longer take care of them.
Like Sharma, Villamarin said most of his Filipino acquaintances in India want to return to the Philippines.
“Siyempre kailangan magkaroon ng safety precautions. Hindi kami makalabas, even going to the airport. Lahat halos ng kilala kong Pilipino gusto na umuwi,” she said.
Some Filipinos in India want to return to Philippines
Earlier, Philippine Ambassador to India Ramon “Dondon” Bagatsing reported that two Filipinos died of COVID-19 in India, and 20 others are being treated.
It is said that there are more than 2,000 Filipinos in India.
Last week, India marked a new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic after it reported 314,835 new daily cases, the highest one-day tally worldwide.
“The situation is very critical,” Dr. Kirit Gadhvi, president of the Medical Association in the western city of Ahmedabad, told Reuters.
On Tuesday, the government announced the implementation of a 14-day travel ban starting Thursday for all coming from India, and there is a history of traveling here.
In a separate report by GMA News “Saksi,” some scenes can be seen outside a temple in India that looks like a hospital due to the number of patients.
Such a temple allegedly offers patients in need of oxygen.
According to the US-based John Hopkins University COVID-19 tally, India has 17,636,186 total cases of COVID-19.
They recorded more than 300,000 new cases in just two consecutive days.
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