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Bollywood star Sunny Leone hands out vegan meals in Mumbai for organisation blaming meat for Covid

Bollywood actress Sunny Leone distributed vegan meals to needy people in Mumbai, India on Sunday, while promoting an organisation the blames the world’s meat industry for causing Covid-19. 

Leone donned a floral mask and a t-shirt with the slogan ‘#take pandemic off the menu’ as she handed out food packets to the waiting crowd, many of whom waited around for pictures with their favourite star. 

Speaking at the event, Leone said: ‘We are facing a crisis, but together with compassion and solidarity we will come out ahead.’ 

She was joined by husband David Weber for event with Million Dollar Vegan – an organisation that claims pandemics ‘are a shocking but inevitable consequence’ of the meat industry, according to its website. 

 Bollywood actress Sunny Leone distributed food packets to needy people in Mumbai, India on Sunday

Leone donned a floral mask and a t-shirt with the slogan 'take pandemic off the menu' as she handed out vegan meals to the waiting crowd

Leone donned a floral mask and a t-shirt with the slogan ‘take pandemic off the menu’ as she handed out vegan meals to the waiting crowd

Sunny Leone at the Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards in Mumbai in December 2019

Sunny Leone at PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015

The former porn star Sunny Leone swapped her usual finery for a casual t-shirt and jeans to hand out food parcels in Mumbai on Sunday

The Bollywood actress was flanked by fellow volunteers as she helped distribute food packages to needy people in Mumbai on Sunday

 The Bollywood actress was flanked by fellow volunteers as she helped distribute food packages to needy people in Mumbai on Sunday

Earlier this year, Leone took part in an initiative to feed 10,000 migrant workers in New Dehli with meals of daal and rice.   

Leone, real name Karenjit Kaur, is known for appearing in 2013 films Shootout at Wadala and Kaizad Gustad’s Jackpot.

The Canadian-American citizen previously appeared in pornographic films. More recently, Leone has raised money for several charities including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  

It comes after Sunny Leone was widely praise for taking part in an initiative to feed 10,000 migrant workers in New Delhi during the second wave of the pandemic earlier this year

She was joined by husband David Weber for event with Million Dollar Vegan - an organisation that claims pandemics 'are a shocking but inevitable consequence' of the meat industry'

It comes after Sunny Leone was widely praise for taking part in an initiative to feed 10,000 migrant workers in New Delhi during the second wave of the pandemic earlier this year

Onlookers snapped pictures and videos of Bollywood actress Sunny Leone as she handed out vegan meals for a charity in Mumbai on Sunday

Onlookers snapped pictures and videos of Bollywood actress Sunny Leone as she handed out vegan meals for a charity in Mumbai on Sunday

Several of the crowd waited behind for a pictured with their favourite Bollywood actress on Sunday

Several of the crowd waited behind for a pictured with their favourite Bollywood actress on Sunday

Sunny Leone wore a t-shirt with the slogan '#take pandemics off the menu' and a floral mask as she handed out food parcels to the needy on Sunday

Sunny Leone wore a t-shirt with the slogan ‘#take pandemics off the menu’ and a floral mask as she handed out food parcels to the needy on Sunday

The Bollywood star garnered praise earlier this year when she took part in an initiative to feed 10,000 migrant workers in New Delhi

The Bollywood star garnered praise earlier this year when she took part in an initiative to feed 10,000 migrant workers in New Delhi

It comes as India has been fighting a serious third wave of coronavirus for the past month

It comes as India has been fighting a serious third wave of coronavirus for the past month

It comes as India has been fighting a serious third wave of coronavirus for the past month. 

Many of the countries ghats, the steps at the edge of river where Hindus traditionally burn their dead, the crematoriums and cemeteries, have become overwhelmed.

Crematoriums in New Delhi were last month running out of wood, such was the volume of dead each day.

And there was several incidents of suspected coronavirus victims washing up on the banks of the River Ganges in the northern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh after they were dumped by families unable to find space to cremate their loved ones or not been able to afford the last rites. 

Meanwhile grisly footage posted online last week showed stray dogs eating human remains washed up on the banks of an Indian river.  

Health workers are set up around the country to record the temperature of citizens

Health workers are set up around the country to record the temperature of citizens 

India has been fighting a serious third wave of Covid-19 and last month saw crematoriums running out of wood, such was the volume of dead each day

India has been fighting a serious third wave of Covid-19 and last month saw crematoriums running out of wood, such was the volume of dead each day 

Although the number of cases is starting to decline, the country is expected to face an increasing daily death toll for weeks to come

Although the number of cases is starting to decline, the country is expected to face an increasing daily death toll for weeks to come

Indian covid sufferers are now contracting deadly ‘black fungus’ infection with spike causing a shortage of the drugs to treat it 

A growing number of current and recovered Covid-19 patients in India are contracting a deadly and rare fungal infection, doctors said on Monday.  

Mucormycosis, dubbed ‘black fungus’ by medics, is usually most aggressive in patients whose immune systems are weakened by other infections. 

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‘The cases of mucormycosis infection in Covid-19 patients post-recovery is nearly four to five times than those reported before the pandemic,’ Ahmedabad-based infectious diseases specialist Atul Patel, a member of the state’s Covid-19 taskforce, told AFP.   

In the western state of Maharashtra, home to India’s financial hub Mumbai, up to 300 cases have been detected, said Khusrav Bajan, a consultant at Mumbai’s P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and a member of the state’s Covid-19 taskforce.

Some 300 cases have been reported so far in four cities in Gujarat, including its largest Ahmedabad, according to data from state-run hospitals.

The western state ordered government hospitals to set up separate treatment wards for patients infected with ‘black fungus’ amid the rise in cases.

‘Mucormycosis – if uncared for – may turn fatal,’ the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), the scientific agency leading the government’s response, said in a treatment chart released on Twitter.o used steroids during their virus treatment, and those who had prolonged stays in hospital ICUs, the ICMR added.     

Reporting by AFP 

Hospitals, morgues and crematoriums have been overwhelmed, with many areas of the country suffering chronic oxygen shortages. 

In recent weeks, a horrifying Covid-19 complication has also swept the country, with thousands of people contracting black fungus. 

The wave of infections with the previously very rare condition has been blamed on excessive use of steroids to treat the country’s millions of Covid patients, experts say. 

Mucormycosis, as it is scientifically known, is highly aggressive and surgeons sometimes have to remove patients’ eyes, nose and jaw to stop it reaching the brain. The death rate is over 50 percent. 

India normally deals with fewer than 20 black fungus cases a year but now there are several thousand across the country including more than 2,000 in Maharashtra state, home to India’s financial capital Mumbai. 

At least nine Indian states have declared the problem an epidemic. The cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore have opened special wards. 

Before the coronavirus pandemic, only those with severely compromised immunity, such as HIV or organ transplant patients, were at risk. 

Although the number of cases is starting to decline, the country is expected to face an increasing daily death toll for weeks to come. 

India has reported an official death toll of 340,702 – but analysis published by the New York Times last week said this figure was more likely to be 1.6 million.

The paper projected that while this was the likely toll, the worst-case scenario could be as high as 4.2 million Covid deaths in the country of 1.4 billion. 

By comparison, Britain recorded just 13 deaths on June 5 and more than 127,000 fatalities in total. The US has recorded about 590,000, also suspected to be an undercount, in a population of about 330 million. 

Vinod Paul, head of India’s coronavirus task force, dismissed the study and said it was ‘not backed by any evidence and is based on distorted estimates.

‘Our [fatality] number is 0.05 per cent of those infected. They’ve said 0.3 per cent. Why? On what basis have you decided that it’s 0.3 per cent of that large infection universe? There is no basis at all. Five people get together, make phone calls to each other and then throw this number. That’s how this report has been done,’ Mr Paul told NDTV. 

‘There may be some late reporting of deaths but there’s no intent of any state or the Centre. If I apply the same three times yardstick to New York, then there would be 50,000 deaths. But they say it’s 16,000. So this is distorted,’ he added.    

Four relatives carry a dead body of a Covid-victim past shallow graves covered with cloths on the banks of the Ganges River in Shringverpur village

Four relatives carry a dead body of a Covid-victim past shallow graves covered with cloths on the banks of the Ganges River in Shringverpur village 

Rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried in shallow graves in the sand of the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state

Rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried in shallow graves in the sand of the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state 

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