When India is in dismay over witnessing the COVID-19 resurgence and recording the exponential rise of cases and an increasing number of fatalities due to the pandemic, a BJP Minister has openly said that no one can stop the Corona deaths and people have to die when they got old. The shocking statement has stirred controversy with hundreds of people strongly reacting to his remarks.
According to reports, Prem Singh Patel has been serving as the Minister for Animal Husbandry, Social Justice, and Disabled Welfare in the BJP-ruling Madhya Pradesh. He was addressing the reporters on Wednesday during which he was asked about the surge in COVID-19 deaths in Madhya Pradesh and his response had stunned everyone and displayed how the state government is committed to containing the virus spread.
While responding to the question, Patel said, "I agree that these deaths have occurred. No one can stop them (COVID-19 deaths) and I am not the only one saying this. We have to cooperate to fight the virus". By suggesting ways to curb the spread from wearing masks and observing social distancing, Patel went on to say, "You said that many people are dying every day. People get old and they have to die."
The reports say that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has appointed Prem Singh Patel to monitor and review the Corona-related arrangements in a district on Tuesday. The visual footage of Patel's statement was shared by ANI and his remarks had sparked controversy with many people across and beyond the borders had flayed him for his remarks about the COVID-19 deaths, which had come at a distressing time of rising fatalities in the country.
India has recorded over 2 lakh COVID-19 cases in a single day, for the first time since the outbreak hit the nation. The country has reported 2,00,739 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning 8 am. According to the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 1,038 fresh deaths during the same period which took the total death toll to 1,73,123. India's total COVID-19 tally has reached 14.1 million, which is the second-highest in the world after the United States, which had reported 31.4 million cases.
The country is facing a new crisis where most of the hospitals were overwhelmed with patients and reporting the dearth of beds and oxygen supplies. Patel's remarks have come when the nation had recorded 1,038 COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day rise in fatalities since October 3, 2020. The surge in the fatality rate has led to a rush of bodies in crematoriums and burial grounds in states like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. Patel's home state of Madhya Pradesh had reported 51 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.
#WATCH: MP Minister Prem Singh Patel speaks on deaths due to #COVID19. He says, "Nobody can stop these deaths. Everyone is talking about cooperation for protection from Corona...You said that many people are dying every day. People get old and they have to die." (14.04.2021) pic.twitter.com/os3iILZGyM— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2021