The novel Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly, the centre is evaluating and identifying religion-based hotspots across the country and understanding the pattern and origin of the spread of Coronavirus community-wise.
Some refer to “communal mapping” as it appears to be aimed at getting a clearer picture to know the approximate number of people belonging to different communities who have contracted the Coronavirus.
However, the Centre feels that a data bank of community-wise Covid-19 numbers will help its containment measures and in tackling future pandemics in the country.
If the Coronavirus cases explodes in the near future like it happened in US or the other parts of the world religion-based mapping will tell us which community has more chances of spreading the virus further and, accordingly, strict containment measures can be taken in localities or clusters across the country
As after the Tablighi Jamaat emerged in Delhi, the BJP leaders have openly blamed Muslims for the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country. There have been cases of other religious heads and a congregation emerging as super-spreaders, including prejudice has been fanned against Muslims and they have been targeted in Punjab. Though have been several instances of Muslims being attacked, even denied medical care.
Mapping will take into account the geography of the area or cluster, their religious and social activities, their earnings of people and lifestyle, their number of members in the families and daily routine, sources said.
After some pockets in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi which are witnessing increasing number of Covid-19 cases. The proposal religion-based mapping was raised.
Sources said along with other inputs, religion-based mapping will come in handy for taking adequate containment measures. And added “Coronavirus has taught us a lesson and now is the time to prepare ourselves with enough data on the origin and pattern of the spread of the virus,”
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News