The current COVID-19 situation in India is disturbing. A steep surge in COVID-19 cases in recent days has led to patients and their families taking to social media to beg for oxygen supplies and locations of available hospital beds. The situation has forced many states to impose lockdown in order to curb the Covid spread in the country. The second wave of the coronavirus has since transformed into a tsunami. India is now the global coronavirus hotspot, setting records for the world’s highest number of daily cases.
The national vice-president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dr Navjot Dahiya on Monday, 26 April, has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘super spreader’ and blamed him for the second wave of COVID-19 in India.
“While the medical fraternity is trying hard to make people understand mandatory COVID norms, Prime Minister Modi did not hesitate to address big political rallies tossing all COVID norms in the air,” Dr Dahiya told The Tribune.
Dr Dahiya further stated that despite the severity of the health crisis, election rallies and religious congregations like the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar continued, raising questions over the seriousness of the Modi-led Union government towards containing the spread of the deadly virus. He told The Tribune that the impact of the pandemic was clearly visible across the country with bodies piling up in crematoriums and long queues of ambulances outside hospitals in almost every city of the country.
Dr Dahiya also noted that when the first patient of COVID-19 was found in India in January 2020, the Prime Minister, instead of making arrangements to tackle the deadly Coronavirus, organised gatherings of over one lakh people in Gujarat to welcome the former United States President Donald Trump.