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Mumbai’s first Covid patients: ‘We have let it stay under the carpet’

The Andheri-resident and his 68-year-old wife were the first two cases of Covid-19 detected in Mumbai on March 11. They had only just returned from Dubai.

“After witnessing the suffering that the virus has caused over the past year, I am thankful to god for saving our lives,” said the 70-year-old, who, one year on, still refuses to divulge his name for fear of being stigmatized.

The Andheri-resident and his 68-year-old wife were the first two cases of Covid-19 detected in Mumbai on March 11. They had only just returned from Dubai.

The senior citizens did not want to be named because they haven’t told members of their extended families that they tested positive for Sars-CoV-2. “We belong to a village in Gujarat and a majority of our family members still stay there. I didn’t know how they would react to us being affected by Covid-19, and I didn’t want us to get stigmatised for it. We never told them then [when it happened], and it is too late to inform them now. We’ve let it slip, we’ve let it stay under the carpet,” he said.

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Written by Kya Miyaa

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