On May 4, more than 50 people belonging to Jharkhand's Palamu district gave their test samples to a visiting health team to check for COVID-19 infections. Since then they have not heard from either the health officials or the local panchayat about their test results.
People are frustrated with the lack of communication and the delay in their test results. One of the residents that our Community Correspondent Bhaskar Raj spoke to said that he was showing symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. But he did not wait for the test results and directly consulted a doctor for further treatment.
Residents say that the infection rates of their district has climbed down as a result of low testing or because of test results not being released.
Daily wage labourers and small vendors are struggling to make ends meet.
Ambulance drivers are risking their lives without any protective equipment.