Animals can’t transmit COVID-19, stop creating panic: Maneka Gandhi
NATIONAL | March 13, 2020 (IANS):
Dispelling rumours that animals spread novel coronovirus (COVID-19), former Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi on Friday made it clear that animals cannot transmit the infectious disease and many government and private departments were creating panic by disseminating false information.
The Lok Sabha member said that such information is totally "wrong and misleading" and is being spread by some government departments, insurance companies and private companies.
She made the announcement at a time when rumours are spreading faster than the disease itself. The government is also struggling to limit the myths, rumours and unverified news about the virus.
"It has been brought to my notice by hundreds of complaints across India that government departments and insurance companies are creating false panic in the coronavirus by taking out advisories, which is not confirmed with the health department, saying that nobody should go near live animals," Maneka Gandhi said inside Parliament premises.