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Political, religious events responsible for India’s COVID-19 crisis: WHO

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The World Health Organisation has said that several political and religious gatherings were contributing factors behind the resurgence and acceleration of COVID-19 transmission in India. The WHO said this in the COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Report for the week ending May 9 based on a recent risk assessment of the COVID-19 situation in India.

In the last week, over 5.5 million cases and over 90,000 deaths were reported across the world. During this period, India accounted for 50 per cent of global cases and 30 per cent of global deaths. In the southeast Asia region, India accounted for 95 per cent of the cases and 93 per cent of deaths.

“A recent risk assessment of the situation in India conducted by WHO found that resurgence and acceleration of COVID-19 transmission in India had several potential contributing factors, including increase in the proportion of cases of SARS-CoV-2 variants with potentially increased transmissibility; several religious and political mass gathering events which increased social mixing; and, under use of and reduced adherence to public health and social measures (PHSM),” the report provides.

State elections held amid COVID pandemic

Despite the surge in cases and deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Election Commission went ahead with the Assembly elections in five states and by-elections in several others states. During the poll campaigning, political parties and their leaders cared the least about COVID appropriate protocols.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and other BJP leaders held massive rallies where part supporters were not even wearing mask and maintaining physical distance was out of question.

Due to the callousness, the Madras High Court lambasted the poll panel left, right and centre. It went on to say that EC was “singularly responsible” for the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and that its officers should probably be booked for murder.

COVID-19 situation in India

The health ministry on Thursday informed that over 3.62 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 2.37 crore.

Also, 4,120 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 2,58,317.

Of the over 2.37 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 37.10 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 15.65 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.97 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

 

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