In this 31st video dispatch in the StoriesAsia On The Road series, our reporter spoke to a nurse, Shweta, who lives in Uttar Pradesh state’s Ghaziabad district but works in a hospital across the border in Delhi. She was stopped by the Uttar Pradesh police at the border while she was returning home after night duty. The police, which had been instructed to seal the borders with Delhi due to a higher incidence of COVID-19 infections in the national capital, told the nurse to go back to the hospital, before eventually allowing her to go.
Although healthcare workers are exempt from the purview of the lockdown and sealing restrictions, Shweta’s colleagues weren’t allowed to return to their families after working the whole night, risking their lives to give medical care to patients.
At least 35 nurses in Delhi have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Some medical workers have also suffered violent attacks as they are seen as carriers of the infection. The Indian Medical Association had declared April 23 as a Black Day but later decided to withdraw their plan for the symbolic protest. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff, however, continue to face harassment.
** “On the Road” is a new series by StoriesAsia on the Coronavirus outbreak where we bring you stories that help you respond to this ongoing historic pandemic. Using their vehicles, StoriesAsia journalists will travel around to bring you stories of not just pain and suffering but also healing and heroism.