In India, thousands of people have mobbed a village for a promised wonder drug against Covid-19 after holy men and gurus began prescribing a cocktail of cow dung and urine as miracle treatment from the infection which, according to official figures, has killed some 300,000 people.
Roads to Krishnapatnam village in Andhra Pradesh state were packed with some 40,000 people, including Covid patients on oxygen support, keen to get their hands on a concoction touted as a miracle Covid-19 treatment.
Police were called in to break up the gatherings and pressed charges against a man handing out herbals that he said would “help Covid patients out of the death bed in no time”.
The Times of India daily said local Covid care centres posted low attendance as people rushed to the seaside village last week.
Experts urged restraint. “People should stop recommending unscientific treatments,” said Ranjan Sharma of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
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