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

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Ludhiana, Apr 17 (PTI) A snake charmer, who claimed to treat coronavirus patients with the help of indigenous medicines, tested positive for the infection here on Saturday.

According to a release issued by the district authorities here, he allegedly used to give unrealistic tips and indigenous prescriptions to people to stay safe from COVID-19.

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

The snake charmer was told to undergo a COVID test but he refused and claimed that he can never get this infection as he himself provides indigenous medicines to people to stay safe from it, the release claimed.

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

After confirmation, the health teams directed him for home isolation.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma requested people to consult only qualified doctors in case of any symptoms of fever, cold or cough. PTI CORR CHS VSD RDK RDK