Should Dead Bodies In River Considered As Example Of Rapid Covid Spread?

Thu May 13 2021 12:01:45 GMT+0530 (IST)

The Corona situation in India has now become a serious concern. For the second consecutive day, India reported more than 4,000 Covid deaths, which is quite scary. Adding more fear, international media is strongly saying that Covid cases and fatalities are being underreported and the original numbers might be quite high.

Adding strength to the reports of underreporting of Covid deaths in India, dead bodies were found floating in water bodies in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Media reports claimed that the dead bodies are of Covid patients and the staff members at the crematoriums are dumping the bodies in rivers as they were unable to cremate a large number of corpses they are receiving daily.

On the other hand, the development has raised several concerns over bodies being dumped in water bodies, that this, the water will be polluted and there is a high chance of widespread of the virus.

With the states reporting incidents of floating dead bodies in rivers and tributaries or sub-tributaries, the Union Government on Tuesday issued directives to the states stating that they should keep an eye on the water bodies as the public is panicking over dead bodies.

What would scare people more than reading the news that a day after dead bodies appeared in river Ganga, dead bodies were buried in the sand nearby to the same Ganga river in UP.

The same happened here. According to the media reports, the locals in the Unnao district claimed that they have found dead bodies that were buried in the sand. Following this, the officials swung into action to find out whether the bodies belong to Covid patients or not.

However, experts from IIT-Kanpur ruled out the possibility of Covid transmission through water and said, the virus gets diluted when the Covid dead bodies float in water. There will be no significant impact on virus spread, the experts said.