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#1 » by eMade (f) VIP (β4,794.69) » April 27th, 2021, 10:09 pm
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The current 2nd-wave Covid-19 situation in India is really dire. India has recorded a huge surge in infection rates and deaths in the past days that the whole nation (and world) is shaking and trembling with fear.



What do you think?



All Eyes on India

As Guardian South Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen detailed on Sunday’s GPS, India is being devastated by a horrific wave of Covid-19, mere months after it was noted as an odd exception to the global chaos, having suffered relatively few cases and deaths through the winter.



India’s rapid deterioration is now attracting global concern. “[W]ith reports of people dying in the streets outside overwhelmed hospitals running short of oxygen, India today perhaps most closely resembles the worst-case scenarios painted when the virus was identified 16 months ago,” the Financial Times editorial board observes. In a dispatch for The New York Times, Jeffrey Gettleman writes, “Crematories are so full of bodies, it’s as if a war just happened. … India is now recording more infections per day—as many as 350,000—than any other country has since the pandemic began, and that’s just the official number, which most experts think is a vast underestimation.” The UK “has begun sending ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices,” the BBC reports, and the US has lifted a ban on the export of raw materials for vaccines and will send other supplies, such as protective equipment and rapid tests.

How did India get here? In a panel discussion hosted by Brown University’s Center for Contemporary South Asia, public-health dean Dr. Ashish Jha recounted a low point of daily new infections in India of fewer than 10,000 on Feb. 11; when that figure rose to around 18,000 roughly two weeks later, the near doubling was worrisome, but the low total made it “easy to ignore.” Since then, the country has taken a lax approach, especially to large, outdoor gatherings.



“We’ve seen the political rallies, we’ve seen the Kumbh Mela”—a massive Hindu religious gathering on the banks of the Ganges—“we’ve seen packed stadiums with cricket matches and movie halls, all the things that one cannot afford to do in the middle of a global pandemic,” Jha said. While a so-called “double mutant” Covid-19 variant has drawn attention, Jha noted that spike-protein mutations are not uncommon among variants, suggesting the sensational moniker is overblown; meanwhile, the rise in India of another variant, known as B.1.1.7 (which was first detected in the UK, is believed to be more transmissible, and is now dominant in the US and Europe) is probably a “major” factor in India’s plight.

What we knew about the virus last year is still true, according to Jha: Mask-wearing “dramatically” reduces spread, which can happen outdoors when people are packed together, and asymptomatic transmission is a big risk. India, he suggested, has gambled on those fronts.

The Weeks Ahead Could Be Even Worse

Things will almost certainly get much worse, according to Jha, who pointed to a high rate of daily positive Covid-19 tests in New Delhi, especially. At more than seven times the US seven-day average, that indicates to Jha that India’s testing isn’t capturing the full extent of Covid-19’s spread. “It will be many, many weeks of things likely getting meaningfully worse,” Jha suggested.

- Fareed Global Briefing, CNN

The stats: India
Total cases: 17.6M
Recovered: 14.6M
Deaths: 198K

Our hearts and prayers are with the Indians.

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#2 » by NiceGuy (m) VIP (β595.62) » April 27th, 2021, 10:29 pm
We must pray for India :thnk:
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#3 » by Dead Rat (β5.95) » April 28th, 2021, 5:06 am
Is this 3nd or 3rd wave sef :shkd:

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#4 » by Khamlard (β1.91) » April 28th, 2021, 5:14 am
Hmmm this people saa

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#5 » by Maui (β4.71) » April 28th, 2021, 5:27 am
I guess they are trying to reduce their own population :thnk:

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#6 » by yaroummu VIP (β430.03) » April 28th, 2021, 6:22 am
They r 2nd largest

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#7 » by Dube VIP (β44.25) » April 28th, 2021, 6:47 am
The population iS too much

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#8 » by makavelli25 VIP (β51.78) » April 28th, 2021, 9:06 am
I think a depopulation agenda is going on in that contreee
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#9 » by Sucrates (β5.02) » April 28th, 2021, 10:09 am
makavelli25 wrote: I think a depopulation agenda is going on in that contreee

Well, many people believe it's a global agenda. Very sensitive idea

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#10 » by Debunie VIP (β10.96) » April 28th, 2021, 11:38 am
India are de cause of this, leave festival dem no gree
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#11 » by omolomo (β60.01) » April 28th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Debunie wrote: India are de cause of this, leave festival dem no gree

Even if them dey die, dem go still dance. :excited:
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#12 » by Emmy1 (β1.09) » April 28th, 2021, 6:34 pm
Something is going on

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#13 » by Areamarshal (β2.22) » April 28th, 2021, 6:35 pm
kk

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#14 » by Soloski (β2.00) » April 28th, 2021, 6:48 pm
😯😯

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#15 » by Guest (β0.00) » April 28th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Ok

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#16 » by Emmy1 (β1.09) » April 28th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Ok

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#17 » by Hifibooy (β3.92) » April 28th, 2021, 9:22 pm
Hmm

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#18 » by Bestman (β1.29) » April 29th, 2021, 1:09 am
Problem

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#19 » by banksdanny VIP (β19.15) » April 29th, 2021, 1:24 am
Ok

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#20 » by Bestman (β1.29) » April 29th, 2021, 1:30 am
May God help them

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#21 » by Hardex (β2.76) » April 29th, 2021, 1:52 am
:tu:

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#22 » by Hafeboy (β9.90) » April 30th, 2021, 5:07 am
:shkd:

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#23 » by ZUBBY (β2.27) » April 30th, 2021, 5:22 am
Ok

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#24 » by Hafeboy (β9.90) » April 30th, 2021, 3:15 pm
:w:

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#25 » by eMade (f) VIP (β4,794.69) » May 1st, 2021, 9:02 am
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#26 » by Horlar626 VIP (β107.97) » May 1st, 2021, 9:07 am
eMade wrote: Let's
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#27 » by Wizzyboy (β3.57) » May 1st, 2021, 9:08 am
:tu: ok

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#28 » by Pasusu (β1.15) » May 2nd, 2021, 11:55 am
Problem

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#29 » by Hafeboy (β9.90) » May 4th, 2021, 1:07 pm
:shkd:


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