Photos: Stories of lives lost as India’s Covid-19 deaths near 100,000

Updated On Oct 02, 2020 06:16 PM IST

Eight months since Covid-19 was detected in India, the number of deaths from the disease is tipping at 100,000. Nearly 6.5 million people have been infected in India, second only to the United States. Reuters met and interviewed relatives of people who died of the virus in India. They were ordinary people from all walks of life, including police officers and doctors working on the frontlines in the fight against the virus. Some relatives said they faced ostracism after their loved ones caught the virus, others said the virus has also left them with depression and economic troubles. All of them said more could have been done to save the people who died.

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Aliza Ali, 12, shows a picture of her father Javed Ali, a government doctor, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 23. “He was taking all the precautions while continuously working on the frontline until he got symptoms. I and my children are proud of him. But we are struggling to cope with the present situation. Not a single day goes by when we don’t remember Javed and cry,” his wife Hena Kausar told Reuters. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 06:16 PM IST

Aliza Ali, 12, shows a picture of her father Javed Ali, a government doctor, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 23. “He was taking all the precautions while continuously working on the frontline until he got symptoms. I and my children are proud of him. But we are struggling to cope with the present situation. Not a single day goes by when we don’t remember Javed and cry,” his wife Hena Kausar told Reuters. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Fardeen Khan, 19, a student, shows a picture of his mother Noor Jahan, a housewife, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 27. “Since my mother died, my life has changed. There is no cure or vaccine for the disease and I wish there was one and my mother would have survived. I want people to follow precautions like social distancing until there is a cure for the disease,” Khan told Reuters. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Fardeen Khan, 19, a student, shows a picture of his mother Noor Jahan, a housewife, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 27. “Since my mother died, my life has changed. There is no cure or vaccine for the disease and I wish there was one and my mother would have survived. I want people to follow precautions like social distancing until there is a cure for the disease,” Khan told Reuters. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Dixit Vinodbhai Patel,19, a student, shows a picture of his father Vinodbhai Maganbhai Patel, a shopkeeper, who died of Covid-19, in Ahmedabad on September 25. “After my father’s death, all responsibilities are on my head as my father was the only earning member in our family. My college is closed at the moment, but when it starts, I will quit my studies to take care of my family,” his son told Reuters. (Amit Dave / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Dixit Vinodbhai Patel,19, a student, shows a picture of his father Vinodbhai Maganbhai Patel, a shopkeeper, who died of Covid-19, in Ahmedabad on September 25. “After my father’s death, all responsibilities are on my head as my father was the only earning member in our family. My college is closed at the moment, but when it starts, I will quit my studies to take care of my family,” his son told Reuters. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Humera Ulfat,42, a housewife, shows a picture of her father Mohammad Ashraf Baba, a shopkeeper, who died of Covid-19, in Srinagar on September 26. “It pains me whenever I recall my dad lying on a hospital bed helplessly. Doctors did not fulfil their duty the way that they’re supposed to. They never came close to my father to examine him. Eventually he died. My life won’t be like before, never,” Ulfat told Reuters. (Sanna Irshad Mattoo / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Humera Ulfat,42, a housewife, shows a picture of her father Mohammad Ashraf Baba, a shopkeeper, who died of Covid-19, in Srinagar on September 26. “It pains me whenever I recall my dad lying on a hospital bed helplessly. Doctors did not fulfil their duty the way that they’re supposed to. They never came close to my father to examine him. Eventually he died. My life won’t be like before, never,” Ulfat told Reuters. (Sanna Irshad Mattoo / REUTERS)

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Nadeem Akhtar, a social worker, shows a picture of his sister Shabana Ahmed, an architect, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 24.”What really upsets me more than the health-care system was the behaviour of society,” Akhtar told Reuters. “My sister’s neighbourhood boycotted her family. There was no emotional or moral support even after her death. Society failed us.” (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Nadeem Akhtar, a social worker, shows a picture of his sister Shabana Ahmed, an architect, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 24.”What really upsets me more than the health-care system was the behaviour of society,” Akhtar told Reuters. “My sister’s neighbourhood boycotted her family. There was no emotional or moral support even after her death. Society failed us.” (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Rahul Adhav,26, a pharmacist, shows a picture of his father Bhaginath Jagannath Adhav, a police officer, who died of Covid-19, in Mumbai on September 28. “Life has become lonely since my father passed away. He did his best while on duty urging people to maintain social distance. I request people to co-operate with the police. I also request the government to provide financial support to families of police who died while serving in the pandemic,” Adhav told Reuters. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Rahul Adhav,26, a pharmacist, shows a picture of his father Bhaginath Jagannath Adhav, a police officer, who died of Covid-19, in Mumbai on September 28. “Life has become lonely since my father passed away. He did his best while on duty urging people to maintain social distance. I request people to co-operate with the police. I also request the government to provide financial support to families of police who died while serving in the pandemic,” Adhav told Reuters. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

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Tilak Raj,38, a software engineer, shows a picture of his mother Krishna Devi, a housewife, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 26. Raj says when his mother was hospitalised, there was no oxygen in the ambulance. When they arrived at the hospital, the cylinder that was provided was empty in five minutes. “If we had a better health system, my mother would have survived,” he told Reuters. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Tilak Raj,38, a software engineer, shows a picture of his mother Krishna Devi, a housewife, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 26. Raj says when his mother was hospitalised, there was no oxygen in the ambulance. When they arrived at the hospital, the cylinder that was provided was empty in five minutes. “If we had a better health system, my mother would have survived,” he told Reuters. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Yogesh Kanojia,36, a businessman, shows a picture of his father Balbir Mulchand Kanojia, also a businessman, who died of Covid-19, in Ahmedabad on September 25. “In our country there is almost no healthcare system, it is zero percent, the government advises people to drink warm water and take Ayurvedic medicine and live at your own risk,” Kanojia told Reuters. (Amit Dave / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Yogesh Kanojia,36, a businessman, shows a picture of his father Balbir Mulchand Kanojia, also a businessman, who died of Covid-19, in Ahmedabad on September 25. “In our country there is almost no healthcare system, it is zero percent, the government advises people to drink warm water and take Ayurvedic medicine and live at your own risk,” Kanojia told Reuters. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Khushboo,26, a student, shows a picture of her father Shakeel Ahmad Baba, a government employee, who died of Covid-19, in Srinagar on September 24. “Our lives changed drastically after my father passed away, he was a loving father, a decision maker. A day before his death I spoke to him on the phone and he told me to pray for him. His death left a great void in our entire family,” Khushboo told Reuters. (Sanna Irshad Mattoo / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Khushboo,26, a student, shows a picture of her father Shakeel Ahmad Baba, a government employee, who died of Covid-19, in Srinagar on September 24. “Our lives changed drastically after my father passed away, he was a loving father, a decision maker. A day before his death I spoke to him on the phone and he told me to pray for him. His death left a great void in our entire family,” Khushboo told Reuters. (Sanna Irshad Mattoo / REUTERS)

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Abida Begum,55, a housewife, shows a picture of her son-in-law Luqman Ahmed, a factory worker, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 26. “My son-in law was a good husband, a good father. He is gone too early. A lack of medical facilities killed him. I appeal the government to ensure that they have good medical facilities in hospitals for the poor like us, so that people survive this pandemic,” Begum told Reuters. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 06:16 PM IST

Abida Begum,55, a housewife, shows a picture of her son-in-law Luqman Ahmed, a factory worker, who died of Covid-19, in New Delhi on September 26. “My son-in law was a good husband, a good father. He is gone too early. A lack of medical facilities killed him. I appeal the government to ensure that they have good medical facilities in hospitals for the poor like us, so that people survive this pandemic,” Begum told Reuters. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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