Coronavirus and migratory birds; let's not create fear psychosis says environment minister
Speaking ahead of the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) Javadekar said there was no relation between migratory birds and the virus.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said "fear psychosis" is being created over novel coronavirus and dismissed the suggestion that migratory birds could be the reason behind its spread. Fifteen Indian students from Kerala were recently brought back from Hubei province of China.
According to authorities, the virus has claimed 908 lives in China. The number of people killed has surpassed the number of people killed globally by the SARS epidemic.
Speaking ahead of the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of wild animals, to be held next week in Gujarat, Javadekar said there was no relation between migratory birds and the virus.
"Let's not create a fear psychosis on the subject. There is no connection of coronavirus with migratory birds. As far as diseases or viruses from birds and animals are concerned, the conference will discuss these issues," he said.
World Health Organization (WHO) has sent an advanced team of international experts to Beijing to help investigate China's coronavirus epidemic. Scientists are expecting that the epidemic could have spread from bats to humans through the illegal traffic of pangolins -- the world’s only scaly mammals -- which are prized in Asia for food and medicine.