Bhubaneswar: Even after defeating COVID-19, Anuradha Panigrahi of Digapahandi block in Ganjam district came back home shattered. The infection may not have been able to defeat her, but her entire family — husband and in-laws — fell prey to the deadly virus.
On her return, she got the bad news that her husband Jitendra had succumbed to the infections at a COVID hospital in Berhampur on July 20. Her father-in-law Krushna Chandra Patra and mother-in-law Janaki Patra had also passed away at the same hospital earlier.
“Jitendra, his wife and his parents had visited a primary school on July 9 to get their swabs tested. The next day they were admitted to a COVID hospital after their tests came positive. On July 15, his mother Janaki was the first to succumb to the disease, followed by his father Krushna Chandra on July 18. Jitendra passed away on July 20,” Jitendra’s friend Siba Prasad Rath was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Jitendra had an electronics shop at Digapahandi market.
Ganjam is the worst-affected district in Odisha which has so far reported 6,362 coronavirus cases and 62 deaths.