On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi blamed the Modi government for not taking the threat of the novel coronavirus seriously.
The leader took to his official Twitter handle to share his concern and said, “The Corona Virus is an extremely serious threat to our people and our economy. My sense is the government is not taking this threat seriously. Timely action is critical."
The Corona Virus is an extremely serious threat to our people and our economy. My sense is the government is not taking this threat seriously.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 12, 2020
Timely action is critical.#coronavirus https://t.co/bspz4l1tFM
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is increasing with concerning speed. As of Wednesday, the virus has claimed the lives of 1114, with 90 people dying on Tuesday alone.
India was lauded for promptly evacuating over 600 Indians from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is the epicentre of the epidemic, on January 31 and February 1. On the other hand, India's neighbouring country Pakistan is still holding discussions over the plight of their citizens in the mainland.
The evacuees from China were flown in Delhi and are currently housed in two quarantine centres – one in the national capital and the other in Manesar in Haryana. The government was also quick to set up screening facilities in many airports, seaports and border checkpoints with Nepal to detect any possible case of coronavirus positive patients.
So far, three confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in India-- all three in Kerala. As per reports, two patients-- one in Thrissur and the other in Alappuzha have recovered and are awaiting their final results from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. According to a Kerala health department official, the third patient in Kasargode is also responding well to the treatment.
Kerala has been warry and quarantined hundreds of others including many who have returned from China to detect and stop the possible infection.