Pope Francis condemns COVID-19 profiteers

By AdvocateNews on 05/04/2020

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Pope Francis has condemned those hiking up prices of goods such as garri, sanitizer and so on during the lockdown resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said it was ungodly thing to do in the circumstances.

Pope Francis stated this in a broadcast Mass via the internet from Vatican City on Saturday, warning people against trying to profit personally from the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

Reports from different parts of Nigeria indicated that traders hiked up costs of garri, masks, sanitizers and allied commodities.

A painter of garri that was sold for N400 before the pandemic jumped to N 1,500. This has made some state government to make price regulation laws in their state to check the apparent profiteering.

In the papal address obtained by NewsRazor from the Santa Marta chapel, the pope asked for people to be granted a "clear conscience".

The pontiff's statements appeared to be a reference to people who are profiting by raising prices of products that are now in huge demand, such as protective masks, gloves, hydro-alcoholic solutions, along with basic food products and supplies such as gari.

The new coronavirus has caused a global pandemic that has sickened at least 1,118,000, killed 58,000 worldwide, crippled economies and forced restrictions on the movement of millions of people in an effort to stop the virus from spreading further and overwhelming health care systems.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Posted 05/04/2020 11:43:50 AM

 

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