Health team attacked in Indore during examination

INDORE: And health officials were attacked Wednesday when they went to screen residents of a town labeled as one of the city's hot spots for Covid-19. The sharp fall of bricks from the roofs forced the team to withdraw.

No one was injured, but the violence shook other medical personnel. We had also gone there yesterday. Everything was fine. Today, the stone throwing started suddenly, a doctor told mediators.

Some 54 families in Taat Patti Bakhal are isolated and health teams have to routinely monitor them after detecting two cases of Covid-19. Two doctors and a health worker were dispatched to the area, escorted by the police, and a tehsildar. They got there around 02:30 p.m.

They gave us a list of contacts of patients with Covid-19 and we examined them when suddenly some of them started calculating us, a doctor said. We ran to save our lives, he added. A civic corps team dedicated to cleaning drainage lines in the area also had to flee.

DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra told TOI that the police have asked team members to help identify the players. A case under Section 353 of the IPC will be filed against them, he said.

Nineteen more patients tested positive for Indore on Wednesday, bringing their count to 63, more than half of them in the past two days. The city also had its first patient children, three children ages 5-8, and the first police officer to test positive. Indore now represents 73% of all cases in MP. This is the second time this week that health workers have been attacked in Indore.