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India's COVID-19 human crisis spirals with record new cases

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By ASHOK SHARMA

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India’s coronavirus cases climbed again Friday, prompting the army to open up its hospitals in a desperate bid to control a massive humanitarian crisis created by an acute shortage of beds, medicines and oxygen.

Quasi-lockdowns, insanely congested commutes and transportation, scant relief and support for a working populace ; a recipe for a disaster. Sound familiar?

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Herd immunity must have kicked in for some otherwise the picture would be much worse.

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Globally, cases are at an all time high.... and less than 90 days until the Olympics ...

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Now tell me, where is your globalization, one world and similar theories? Why don’t you all send your countries’ civil or military hospital airplanes and give a little helping hand on the airports there, near the most affected areas? Sending some O2 bottles or generating machinery is of course very nice, but it looks like they really need much more of what you are only talking the whole day. For example you could even combine the withdraw from Afghanistan and bring some field hospitals and staff and logistics experience quickly there, as it’s only a short flight over Pakistan. And other developed countries could also show up. Postpone some new space stations or helicopter flights on Mars if you have no idea yet where the money could come from.

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This is a man made crisis.

The Modi government did not order a nationwide lockdown even when they saw that the cases were rising because elections were coming up in West Bengal state and they wanted to hold political rallies with millions of adoring supporters present. Modi appeared in these rallies without a mask and boasted at how many people he was able to gather. No masks or social distancing.

Modi government allowed religious festivals like Kumbh Mela to go ahead because stopping them would hurt Hindu sentiments and also hurt his electoral prospects. More than 5 million people attended without any masks or social distancing. Many fell sick and died later on, and others traveled back to their places thus contributing to the exponential numbers of cases.

"The United States is sending more than $100 million worth of items, including 1,000 oxygen cylinders, 15 million N95 masks and 1 million rapid diagnostic tests.

Japan said Friday it will send 300 ventilators and 300 oxygen concentrators in response to the Indian government request. Japan stands with India, our friend and partner, the Foreign Ministry said.

France, Germany, Ireland and Australia have also promised help, and Russia sent two aircraft carrying oxygen generating equipment. The Indian air force also airlifted oxygen containers from Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok."

All these countries which are offering to help should first question Modi on whether his priority is to win elections or to prevent the spread of the virus.

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@evilbuddha

You are sooo right and the madness continues.... quote

. On Thursday, millions voted in state elections in West Bengal with little or no regard to social distancing.

I'm sorry but I don't see why other nations are trying to help them when they can't even be bothered to help themselves.

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India was doing relatively well until they started their mass vaccination programs.

A few months ago they were touted as a vaccine superpower.

Are the vaccines working?

Or worse, are the vaccines causing an upsurge in variants?

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@evilbuddha. Fully agree with your opinion. Indian people feel abandoned by their government. Modi should be held accountable for this human tragedy. Reckless leader.

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Or worse, are the vaccines causing an upsurge in variants?

No, they are not.

I'm glad to have cleared that up for you.

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With 1.8% of the population vaccinated, the problem is most likely not the vaccine.

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The US should be awash with ventilators from last year, no comment in the article about America sending supplies? Terrible.

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Nvm, looks like as of Sunday supplies (no vaccines) are being sent, that is something I guess.

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The US should be awash with ventilators from last year, no comment in the article about America sending supplies? Terrible.

The article does in fact comment about exactly that:

The United States is sending more than $100 million worth of items, including 1,000 oxygen cylinders, 15 million N95 masks and 1 million rapid diagnostic tests.

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Ventilators, even donated ones, also need qualified staff to use them.

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@Rainyday - thanks, not sure how I missed that - doh!

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We can see the bias in the news article which mentioned over 40 countries sending medical supplies including the US, France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, and even Russia. But nothing mentioned about China, why is that? Don't you find it strange. China is one of the largest contributors of medical supplies to India, such as 25,000 oxygen concentrators, 5,000 ventilators and 21,000 oxygen generators. Fear of China and political bias are so apparent here.

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3.498 humans deaths in a day just in India, and Japan wants to have a celebratory Olympics, Isn't that INHUMAE?

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