Do not label any community or area for spread of COVID-19: Centre, says it may lead to increased hostility

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https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/do-not-label-any-community-or-area-for-spread-of-covid-19-centre-says-it-may-lead-to-increased-hostility/575651

Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi will be join investigation after his quarantine period is over

Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi will be join investigation after his quarantine period is over&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspANI

Key Highlights

  • ‘Need to counter such prejudices and to rise as a community’
  • More than 25,500 Tablighi members and their contacts have been quarantined in the country after the Centre and the state governments conducted a “mega operation” to identify them
  • Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi will be join investigation after his quarantine period is over, said his lawyer

New Delhi: The Centre has issued an advisory saying that any community or area should not be blamed for the spread of the coronavirus as it may lead to increased hostility, chaos and unnecessary social disruptions.

Addressing the social stigma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the government further said that name or address of those affected by COVID-19 or under quarantine should never be disclosed on social media.

There is an urgent need to counter such prejudices and to rise as a community that is empowered with health literacy and responds appropriately in the face of this adversity, the advisory said.

The advisory comes after India witnessed a sharp spike in coronavirus cases after a Tablighi Jamaat congregation at the group’s headquarters in Nizamuddin in Delhi with people on social media blaming the Muslim community for the spread of the deadly virus.

The government advisory posted on the health ministry website said that public health emergencies during an outbreak of communicable diseases may cause fear and anxiety leading to prejudices against people and communities.

‘Don’t target healthcare workers, sanitary workers and police’

The government also listed various dos and don’ts in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

On the significant increase in attacks on doctors, health care workers and police the advisory said that they should not be targeted as they are there to help the people.

Multiple cases have been reported from different parts of the country where healthcare workers, sanitary workers and police have been attacked.

They are facing discrimination on account of heightened fear and misinformation about the infection, the advisory said adding that even people who have recovered from COVID-19 face such discrimination.   

Meanwhile, the Congress has called for action against the Tablighi Jamaat for organising a congregation at Nizammudin despite prohibitory orders.

Earlier today, it was reported that Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi will join investigation after his quarantine period is over.

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