Organ smuggling, ‘false’ results — rumours are stopping rural Punjab from taking Covid tests

The Print | Sep 26, 2020 at 7:35 AM
  • Punjab is not just battling the Covid-19 pandemic, but also wild rumours about the disease that have fuelled opposition to testing and admission to hospitals in most villages.
  • The state government has cracked down on the rumour-mongers by blocking several social media accounts and lodging FIRs, including against an MLA, and also circulated videos to allay people’s fears and dispel misinformation on Covid testing.
  • The rumours have led many village panchayats across districts to pass resolutions, stating that government health teams will not be allowed to test asymptomatic individuals.