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Haryana CM: Villages turned into Covid hotspots due to farmers protest

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday that farmers' protests have converted a few villages in the state into hotspots of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). He said,  "A month ago, I appealed to farmer leaders to suspend their protest amid the Covid-19 spread. I told them they could resume after the situation is under control. Now it has emerged that these dharnas have made a few villages hotspots of Covid-19 as villagers traveled back and forth from the protest sites.”

"In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, I once again appeal to the farmer leaders to suspend their protests. The only goal, of all of us, should be to save the lives of people in the time of this crisis. There is nothing more than human life," he said while urging farmers to suspend their agitation once again.

On Thursday, Haryana announced 12,286 new cases of the disease, with 16,041 recoveries reported in just 24 hours. On Thursday, 163 people died from the disease in a single day, bringing the overall death toll in the state to 6,238.

According to the Haryana CM, multiple Covid-19 hotspots have recently emerged in rural areas of the state, and health department officials are preparing to conduct a door-to-door check-up campaign to stop the virus from spreading.

According to an agency, Khattar said,“ The government will provide insurance of ?2 lakh if a poor person over the age of 50 dies due to the virus. The premium of Beema Yojana will be deposited by the state government in their accounts and from the same account, the amount of premium will be deducted.”

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