Champawat district of Uttarakhand is in panic mode after the death of a 16-year-old student due to COVID-19. Ritika Kharkwal, a student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, was found to be COVID-19 positive after she showed symptoms of cough, cold, and fever.
She was admitted to a hospital, and her condition worsened, putting her on a ventilator in the ICU. On the day she died, preparations were being made to refer her to a higher medical center, but she succumbed to the disease before necessary tests could be conducted.
Following her death, a team has been dispatched to her village to take samples from those who may have come into contact with her, and the administration and health department are on high alert.
The health department has assured the public that necessary steps have been taken to prevent the spread of the disease, including taking samples from the girl’s family and close contacts and conducting sanitization drives in the area.
The death of the student has sent shockwaves throughout the district, with parents of other students studying at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya worried about the safety of their children. The school authorities have assured them that all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the students.
The death of the young student underscores the severity of recently-discovered strains of Coronavirus. Doctors say that the recent strains like XBB.1.16.
The state government has urged people to strictly follow COVID-19 protocols, such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands regularly. Vaccination drives are being conducted throughout the state, and people are being urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.