India Covid crisis: government ignored warnings on variant, scientists say

India Covid crisis: government ignored warnings on variant, scientists say

The Guardian

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Country’s government failed to impose extra restrictions despite warnings of a new, more dangerous strain in early March, experts claim

A panel of Indian scientists warned officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, it has emerged.

Despite the warning, four of the scientists said the federal government did not seek to impose major restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, Reuters reported on Saturday. Millions of largely unmasked people attended religious festivals and political rallies that were held by prime minister Narendra Modi, leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party and opposition politicians.

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