Police is investigating the case of dropping corpses in rivers
India remains a hotspot of the COVID-19 pandemic
In India, police are investigating human remains buried in shallow pits or washed up on the banks of the river Ganges. There is speculation on social media that these are remains of people who have died from the consequences of the coronavirus. Officers in jeeps and boats, among others, are calling on people not to throw bodies in rivers.
According to Indian media, over the past two weeks, the remains of more than 1,000 coronavirus victims have been removed from the rivers in the state of Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest areas in the country. But a spokesman for the authorities denies that.
According to a local philanthropic institution that helps with cremations, there are many victims especially in remote areas. The organization says that especially poor people put the remains of their loved ones in the river because of the cost of cremation. Those costs have tripled to 15,000 rupees, or about 170 euros.
Over the past week, India recorded more than 28,000 coronavirus deaths and more than 2 million confirmed cases. According to federal health experts, the percentage of positive tests has fallen slightly, from 21.9 percent to 19.8 percent.