As India recorded a single-day rise of 2,17,353 new coronavirus infections, taking the country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,42,91,917 on Friday, it also reached a bleak milestone of 1,74,308 deaths, with 1,185 new fatalities, the highest since September 19, 2020.
With news channels and social media flooded with harrowing tales of COVID-19 resurgence in the entire country, a Twitter user brought to attention the loss of Covid warrior Mathew Pereria, a cargo executive with a private company, “who led from the front with passion” when the vaccines started getting shipped.
In a series of tweets, user Bhairavi Jani, who is part of the leadership at Cargo Service Centre (CSC) where Pereria worked since 1995, wrote: “Let’s not forget that like many other frontline workers, logistics personnel too have continued to work through the pandemic and the lockdown. They have risked their lives to deliver a phone or a vaccine for everyone across the world.”
According to Jani’s tweets, Senior Operations Executive Mathew Pereria joined the CSC Group in 1995 as a 28-year-old.
“He grew steadily over the next 25 years in the company through dedication and hard work. When the pandemic hit in 2020, even in the first few months of lockdown he came to work. When the vaccines started getting shipped, he led from the front with passion,” Jani wrote.
Pereria, who was admitted to a Mumbai hospital on April 5, died of COVID-19-related complications on April 7. He was 53 years old and is survived by a wife and two sons.
“He died of Covid-19. The man who loaded aircrafts with vaccines for the world didn’t manage to get a vaccine in time,” Jani wrote.
“We are deeply saddened by his departure. He is survived by his wife and two sons. We pray to almighty to give strength to his family. At CSC we salute Covid warriors like Mathew and continue to do our work despite the odds in their memory,” she wrote.