December 14th – Farmers’ protests in India continued. Hundreds of protesters showed symptoms of COVID-19, more than 20 critically ill patients were sent to hospitals for treatment, and six people died.
At present, tens of thousands of Indian farmers are still protesting in New Delhi without social distancing under pandemic prevention regulations. Hundreds of protesters were ill but refused to be tested, sources said.
At present, it is not clear exactly how many people are infected with the virus, but unofficial sources say that number is about 300.
One official said: “A professional medical team has been set up to screen protesters regularly.
On average, 70 to 90 people come to us every day. They show symptoms such as fever, muscle pain and elevated blood pressure, but many patients refuse to accept testing.
They don’t wear the masks we distribute and don’t practice social distancing, and many older people say it’s no big deal getting COVID-19.”
In an interview, some officials revealed that more than 20 severe protesters have been sent to hospitals for treatment, including six deaths. A large number of protesters between the ages of 60 and 80 and suffer from a variety of diseases, including hyperglycemia, heart disease, hypertension and asthma.
It is estimated that the number of people at the one protest site alone reached 39,000, and an increasing number of protesters are still arriving at the scene.