Poet and activist Varavara Rao tests COVID-19 postive
Poet and activist Varavara Rao tests COVID-19 postive
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Poet and activist Varavara Rao, who has been arrested in connection with Elghar Parishad case, tested COVID-19 positive on Thursday.

Earlier, Rao was taken to JJ hospital for ‘tests’.

The family had on Sunday held on online press meet in which it said that the octogenarian’s health was worsening in jail and he was ‘hallucinating’ and ‘totally disoriented’ on a routine phone call they had with him on Saturday.

Vernon Gonalves had informed them on the same call that he was unable to take care of his basic ablutions such as brushing his teeth or taking bath and needed assistance in these.

The family had then appealed for him to be immediately shifted to hospital for better care as they feared his electrolyte balance was being disturbed which could cause brain damage - a cause for his delirium, they suspected.

An urgent writ petition was also filed in the Bombay HC on Monday by their advocate R. Sathyanarayan seeking directions to the prison authorities to submit a detailed report along with medical papers of the treatment and course of action followed by them after Rao was discharged in early June after he fell unconscious in jail and was admitted in JJ hospital.

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