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Cong says Govt should not take Coronovirus threat in casual manner

12-03-2020

New Delhi,Amid scare of spreading Coronavirus, the Congress on Thursday said a pandemic like Coronavirus cannot be dealt with in 'such a casual manner' and asked the Union government whether they are taking enough and adequate steps for prevention.“We are ill equipped to deal with Coronavirus, can the government tell us how many hospital beds are there to deal with Coronavirus. Forget all that, there are not even hand sanitisers or masks available at the chemist, only available in black”, said AICC communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala at Parliament premises.Pointing out to the crash in stock market, Mr Surjewala said the Sensex has crashed by 2700 points and caused a loss of 11 lakh crore. “Looks like the economy is suffering from Coronavirus, rupee is at a low of Rs 74.4. The price of crude oil currently is 32-35 dollar per barrel. In November 2004 the price fell to 35 dollar and back then the cost of Petrol was Rs 37.84 per litre but today it is over Rs 70 per litre, you’re not extending benefit to common man”, he charged.

Referring to the State Bank of India’s decision to cut interest rate, the Congress spokesperson said that “India's largest bank SBI has cut interest rates from 3.25 per cent to 3 per cent for all 44.51 crore savings bank accounts that are mostly held by housewives and common man. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also criticised the government for its ‘casual attitude’ towards Coronavirus threat. “The world is facing a health emergency as WHO declares Coronovirus to be a pandemic. Stock markets have crashed. Economy is sinking. Large number of people have lost their homes in violence in Delhi. But for NDA, these issues are insignificant”, Mr Gehlot tweeted. The Congress, in its official handle, tweeted that “Coronavirus out break will adversely affect our already falling GDP. The government needs to reassure people that a comprehensive plan is in place to deal with its economic and health impact”.

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