Snake charmer who claims to treat COVID patients tests positive for infection

Ludhiana, April 17 (PTI) A snake charmer, who claimed to treat coronavirus patients with native drugs, tested positive for the infection here on Saturday.

According to a statement released by district officials here, he has a habit of giving unrealistic advice and indigenous prescriptions to people to protect themselves from COVID-19.

He tested positive for COVID-19 at a special camp organized by health teams at the Lalton Kalan bus stop, where samples from commuters were taken.

The snake charmer was told to undergo a COVID test, but he refused and claimed he could never get this infection because he himself provided indigenous medicine to people to stay safe, according to the communicated.

Following the reluctance shown by the snake charmer, health teams with the help of local police took his sample and he tested positive for the virus.

After confirmation, health teams directed him to home isolation.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma urged people to see only qualified doctors if they have symptoms of fever, cold or cough. PTI CORR CHS VSD RDK RDK