khaskhabar.com : Friday, June 11, 2021 5:15 PM
Lucknow. The fish business in Prayagraj, Lucknow and Kanpur has been badly hit after carcasses infected with Covid were found floating in rivers last month.
Prashant Kumar, a fish seller from Narhi Bazar in Lucknow, said, “We resumed business two days back when the corona curfew was lifted but people are not coming forward to buy fish. Even our regular customers have bought fish. Have stopped buying. When we inquired, they said that they are taking precautions from eating fish as they believe that fish may have also been infected due to carcasses floating in the rivers.
Ravindra Ghosh, a retired government employee in Prayagraj and a regular fish consumer, admitted that he had not bought fish for the last one and a half months after the bodies were found floating in the water.
He said “My wife and I have decided not to eat fish for the next few months. The water must have been infected with so many covid bodies and fish will naturally get infected too. Although fish is our staple diet, for now we have I have decided not to take any risk.”
Meanwhile, an official of the state fisheries department said, “Some varieties of fish gnaw on dead animals that are dumped in rivers. They do not differentiate between an animal carcass and a human corpse. This fear is fueled. Not unfounded in any way, although medical experts can say whether or not to eat fish if there is a health risk at this time.”
SK Mitra, a private doctor in Kanpur, said that there is no research on whether the virus can spread to carcasses and fishes that hunt corpses.
Until the issue is researched, it is safe not to eat fish brought from rivers where carcasses were dumped. We have not eaten fish for the last two months as a precaution.
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