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Modi Government responsible for Covid catastrophe: The Lancet

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The Lancet, an international medical journal said while commenting on the present situation of the pandemic in India that the initial success to control the COVID-19 outbreak has been “squandered” by the country, and Narendra Modi lead Indian government could preside over “a self-inflicted national catastrophe”.

The journal criticized the government’s ways to handle the pandemic and said that India’s success to control the crisis will rely on Modi’s administration “owning up to its mistakes”.

The Lancet in its editorial said, “India squandered its early successes in controlling COVID-19. Until April, the government’s COVID-19 taskforce had not met in months. The consequences of that decision are clear before us, and India must now restructure its response while the crisis rages.”

The journal added, “The success of that effort will depend on the government owning up to its mistakes, providing responsible leadership and transparency, and implementing a public health response that has science at its heart.”

The journal heavily criticized the Indian government for giving the impression that India had overcome the pandemic after a downfall in the number of COVID-19 cases for several months, despite repeated warnings of the danger of the second wave.

Lancet pointed out the political rallies and religious gatherings permitted and held by the government and said, “Despite warnings about the risks of super-spreader events, the government allowed religious festivals to go ahead, drawing millions of people from around the country, along with huge political rallies-conspicuous for their lack of COVID-19 mitigation measures.”

Talking about the government’s control over social media to curb the criticism of its failure to handle the pandemic, the Lancet said, “At times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has seemed more intent on removing criticism on Twitter than trying to control the pandemic.”

The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation said that a shocking number of 1 million deaths because of COVID-19 will be witnessed in India by August 1.The institute further stated, “If that outcome were to happen, Modi’s government would be responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe.”

Meanwhile, more than 4 lakh cases of COVID-19 are being recorded in India per day. The number of deaths because of the virus has also increased to more than 4000 per day, which is the highest recorded number to date. However, the case tally was a few lower than the record-setting previous day but still; it is the highest observed in the world.

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