For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE.For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.India is facing a critical shortage of oxygen and limited supply of vaccines, amid a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 21.49 million people infected and over 234,000 deaths as of May 7, 2021. Ramanan Laxminarayan, a trained epidemiologist and economist, is director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. He formed OxygenForIndia (https://oxygenforindia.org/), a collective of medical and public health professionals and volunteers, in the video published on May 7, 2021, “India’s Oxygen Crisis And Why COVID-19 Variants Are Troubling“, below:
The Indian central government has now punted to all the state governments to procure their own vaccines. This has never been done before, leading to competition between states to procure vaccines, in which case the wealthiest states in the South may end up getting more vaccines than states in the North. Globally, every one, please get vaccinated and wear mask in public even after having been vaccinated.
The World explores India’s COVID crisis and the challenges it faces to slow down the spread of the virus. Beverley O’ Connor speaks to a range of Indian voices about the short-term epidemiological consequences of spiraling case numbers, a personal account from renowned journalist Barkha Dutt, and a view from a health care professional looking specifically at how the pandemic has affected women and other vulnerable groups, in the video published on May 5, 2021, “India’s coronavirus crisis: The World special edition| ABC News“, below:
The worst hit area with COVID, according to Indian government, is Maharashtra, with 4,822,902 cases and 71,742 deaths. But keep in mind that the actual number of cases may be 5 or 10 times as much as what’s in the official record. Delhi has extended its lockdown until May 10, 2021. Maharashtra: only essential activities til mid of May, 2021. Kerala: night curfews and only essential services exempt from it. Jammu and Kashmir: corona curfew in 11 districts. Uttar Pradesh curfew has been extended twice to curb movements of the most populace state.
The ban on Australian citizens returning from India is currently being challenged in the Australian federal court. The Australian government’s position is that the ban is temporary and that the ban has sound legal basis. But lawyer for the Melbourne man who is now stuck in India argues that the government’s emergency declaration is unconstitutional. People are being led to believe that the ban will be lifted by May 15, 2021.
(*perhaps, instead of banning Indian Australians from returning to Australia, the Australian government may consider transporting (by vaccinated personnels) Indian Australians back to Australia to a quarantine facility for a specified period of time before releasing them back to home in Australia, and then sanitize the transporting vehicle.)
Australian government as well as many other countries have provided assistance to the Indian government in terms of ventilators and various medical equipment.
Censorship of Facebook and Twitter accounts in India has begun. Modi’s government has been criticized for bringing in new laws to regulate social media and for being quick to censor media it doesn’t agree with. India now ranks 142 (where 180 countries are being evaluated) in the Press Freedom Index compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders.
Scientists in India are accusing the government of ignoring warnings of new, more dangerous variants of the coronavirus. A forum of advisers says ministers failed to impose large-scale restrictions despite the alert in March. Mass political and religious rallies have since been cited as ’super-spreader’ events. A court in Delhi says it will start punishing government officials for failing to deliver life-saving items. But it’s impossible to give what is not yet available. The international community spent the weekend sending supplies.A second wave of COVID-19 has left India battling record numbers of deaths and infections, in the video published on May 3, 2021, “India’s COVID task pushes for nationwide lockdown as deaths count | DW News“, below:
CNN’s Becky Anderson speaks to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about the coronavirus crisis in India and how the government may not be able to enforce a second national lockdown, even if it wanted to, in the video published on May 3, 2021, “Fareed Zakaria: A second lockdown in India is ‘impossible’“, below:
Zakaria feels that: under Modi, the India media has collapsed. India no longer has the free press in the historical sense. Most of the television media is slavishly pro government, acting as cheer leaders for Prime Minister Modi. Few that are not, have been persecuted. With no independent media, no eyes on the government, and no demand for accountability, the Indian government felt no pressure to do much. Indian government is now taking down Twitter accounts and asking tweets to be deleted, as well as in FaceBook. So the Indian government is becoming more and more of an authoritarianism.
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