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India issues anti-harassment advisory amid virus crisis


To end attacks against emergency service workers that could undermine the coronavirus-war frontline, India’s Ministry of Health has issued an advisory against Covid-19-related harassment.

Maldivian passengers wear masks after arriving at New Delhi airport from Wuhan. India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an advisory to protect people from Covid-19 stigma, harassment. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police / AFP

With Covid-19 casualties increasing, fear increases, and with it irrational actions of the nutcase kind.

“Outbreak of communicable diseases may cause fear and anxiety leading to prejudices against people and communities, social isolation and stigma,” the Health Ministry anti-harassment advisory said. “Such behavior may culminate into increased hostility, chaos and unnecessary social disruptions.”

In a horrific incident on Sunday, sword-wielding cult fanatics chopped off the hand of a police officer in northern India doing his Covid-19-lockdown duty.

A fear psychosis has led to attacks on police and health-care workers, in India, the Philippines, Australia, the US, Britain and other countries – despite brave medical professionals risking and even losing their lives trying to save others.

The majority of people worldwide as in Iran have shown support and gratitude to doctors, nurses and Covid-19 frontline saviors. The April 13 Google doodle is a tribute to grocery-store workers.

But attacks by a few on emergency service providers could cut Covid-19 lifelines needed by all for survival in these difficult times.


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