Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has called coronavirus outbreak an extremely serious threat to India as he accused the government of not dealing with it seriously.
s the death toll in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak continues to rise, Congress’s Rahul Gandhi has accused the Narendra Modi-led Centre of not taking the threat seriously.
“The coronavirus is an extremely serious threat to our people and our economy. My sense is the government is not taking this threat seriously,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. The former Congress chief also stressed the need to take timely action.
In India, three cases of coronavirus have been detected so far but there has been no casualty.
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.#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/E5Aqg9vYIoRahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 12, 2020
With the threat of novel coronavirus looming large, the Union Health Ministry earlier announced that it will stock up at least 50,000 personal protection equipment (PPE) kits for doctors and other medical staff treating the patients.
The move assumed significance as there could be a spurt in the demand for PPE, which includes disposable clothing, boots, masks and gloves, in case India witnesses an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that has claimed more than 1,000 lives in China.
India is among the top 30 countries at “high-risk” from the spread of the deadly coronavirus, according to a study based on the number of air travellers predicted to arrive in the countries from the worst-affected cities in China.