Madhya Pradesh minister Prem Singh Patel delivered a shocker on Thursday on deaths from coronavirus in the country and he said that while nobody can stop the deaths from occurring, “people get old and have to die”.
A video of his remark has been shared by a news agency ANI where the minister is seen responding to a question on the spike in deaths caused by coronavirus disease.
“I agree that these deaths have occurred. No one can stop them (Covid-19 deaths). I am not the only one saying this. We have to cooperate (to fight the virus),” Patel said.
Suggesting ways to fight the disease outbreak, he said that the issue has been discussed in the state assembly and people need to wear masks and maintain social distancing. “People should consult doctors. We have arranged for doctors as well,” Patel told ANI.
#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
“You said that many people are dying every day. As far as deaths are concerned, with age people get old and they die,” the minister said.
According to a Free Press Journal report, Patel was handed the charge to oversee corona-related arrangements in a district by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday.
In a never-seen-before pandemic outbreak, India has been gripped by the second wave of coronavirus which experts term ‘worsening’ and ‘highly infectious’.
India on Thursday broke all its previous single-day spike and recorded the highest-single day jump of 2,00,739 cases of the Covid-19, which took the country’s total infection tally past 14 million, according to the latest figures released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
The latest wave that shows no sign of receding has begun to overwhelm hospitals and crematoriums as states have started running out of resources and space to cremate the people succumbing to the virus.
A substantial rise 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.