A private hospital in northern India has apologized for running a controversial newspaper advertisement denying treatment to Muslims who have not tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

The Valentis Cancer Hospital, located in Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh state, cited reasons for the ad connected with the Muslim religious group Tablighi Jamaat.

“The alleged misbehavior of Tablighi Jamaat members has contributed to the spread of the coronavirus infection in the country. This order is not valid for Muslim healthcare professionals, police and people who do not live in Muslim-populated areas,” the advertisement said.

Taking action following complaints

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