coronavirus update indiaas on : 25 November 2020 05:48 GMT+5:30
Coronavirus In US: At Least 40 Indians, Indian-Americans Dead, Over 1,500 Tested Positive
COVID-19 US: The world's first country to have registered more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day with 2,108 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, while the number of cases has crossed 500,000.
Coronavirus In US: At Least 40 Indians, Indian-Americans Dead, Over 1,500 Tested Positive(Representational)
NEW DELHI: Due to the deadly COVID-19 virus more than 40 Indian-Americans and citizens of India have reportedly lost their lives and the number of those having tested positive for is likely over 1,500, according to community leaders in the US, now the global coronavirus hotspot.
The United States become the world's first country to have registered more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day with 2,108 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, while the number of positive cases in America has crossed 500,000, according to latest Johns Hopkins University data.
New York City which has emerged as the epicenter of the novel coronavirus in the US, along with adjoining New Jersey, account for majority of the death cases reported so far. Notably, New York and New Jersey have one of the highest concentrations of Indian-Americans in the country.
Among those who have lost their lives in the battle against the coronavirus, at least 17 are from Kerala, 10 from Gujarat, four from Punjab, two from Andhra Pradesh and one from Orissa. The majority of them are more than 60 years of age, except for one who was of 21 years of age.
According to a list of coronavirus deaths compiled by PTI from various community leaders, more than a dozen Indian-Americans have died in the State of New Jersey, mostly around the Little India areas of Jersey City and Oak Tree Road.
At least 15 Indian-Americans have reportedly died in New York.
Reports of the deaths of four Indian-Americans also come from Pennsylvania and Florida. There have been confirmed deaths of at least one Indian-American in both Texas and California.
Reports also indicated that at least 12 Indian nationals have died in the US due to COVID-19, with a majority of them being from the New York-New Jersey area.
"We have not seen a situation like this in the past," said Bhavesh Dave, who runs a commercial real estate business on the Oak Tree Road area of New Jersey often called Little India.
Among those who lost their lives were Hanmantha Rao Marepally, CEO of Sunnova Analytical Inc. He passed away in Edison, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Chandrakant Amin, 75, a popular face at Indian Square in New Jersey City, and known for distributing flyers for businesses has also died of the novel coronavirus.
More than 50 friends and family members of Mahendra Patel, 60, joined his last rites through an online video platform this week, after city officials in New Jersey told them that not more than nine of them could attend the funeral in person. At least one Indian-American died inside his home in New Jersey.
There are reports that several community leaders have been tested positive for coronavirus, but most of them requested anonymity.
Community leaders have started online and social media campaigns to find plasma donors so as to help in the treatment of those in serious condition. At least two of them were successfully able to find a plasma donor on Friday.
On Friday, One Neila Pandya in Jersey City shared a video on social media, urging community members not to take the virus pandemic lightly.
Speaking in Gujarati, she said that all five of her family members are seriously ill, of which local hospital has admitted only two of them, as there were not enough beds.
With a sense of panic among Indian Americans amid pandemic, some of the community leaders have come out with a helping hand. For instance, Ajit, Sachin and Sanjay Modi from Rajbhog Sweets have been providing free vegetarian food at Jersey City Medical Center.
World Hindu Council of America volunteers have been supplying free meals to Lowell General Hospital- ER workers in Boston and to first responders and doctors in Indianapolis. It also distributed 85,000 gloves to the local police, fire, and emergency medical technicians in New Jersey.