With more than 300,000 cases reported every day for nearly two weeks, India is battling a deadly second wave of the coronavirus that has overwhelmed the healthcare system with its fragility and funding.
Hospitals have run out of capacity, medical oxygen supplies have been cut off, and morgues and crematoriums have been flooded.
The eastern state of Orissa and the northern industrial state of Haryana joined New Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal to become the latest to announce a new lockdown.
Here are the latest updates:
The devastating virus has had a devastating effect on Indian politics
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been sharply criticized for managing the intensity of COVD, which has already pushed India’s fragile and low-cost healthcare system to the brink.
Massive election rallies organized by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties, as well as giant Hindu festivals on the banks of the Ganges, could spread, experts said, adding that new forms could flourish.
On Sunday, Modi’s party suffered a significant electoral defeat in West Bengal, a key state, after it failed to remove its fire chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The BJP has retained power in the northeastern state of Assam but lost in two southern states.
Four states were already facing tough electoral challenges for the BJP without the epidemic, but analysts say the results have weakened Modi’s position as massive infections have crippled the health system.
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Taiwan has given bar to those coming from India
Chen Shih-chung, the health minister of Rabita, said that Taiwan would suspend the entry of people coming to India for the last 14 days from Tuesday.
The first variant of the virus found in India has reached at least one country, including Britain, Iran and Switzerland, and has encouraged several to close the border to travelers from India.
With the exception of Taiwanese nationals, all those who had been in India for the previous 14 days would be excluded, Chen said, adding that the ban took effect at midnight. But for the Taiwanese to return, they have to stay in a separate system for 14 days.
Earlier, Deputy Economy Minister Chen Chern-chei said the government was considering whether to send planes to evacuate 150 Taiwanese businessmen to India.
Pfizer sat down with India to discuss speedy approval of the Covid vaccine
According to Reuters, Pfizer is in talks with the Indian government to find a “quick way to approve” its Cavid-19 vaccine, its CEO Albert Borla told LinkedIn, announcing more than $ 70 million in drug donations.
“Unfortunately, our vaccine was not registered in India even though our application was submitted a few months ago,” he said.
“We are currently in talks with the Government of India for an immediate approval to make the Pfizer-Bioentech vaccine available for use in the country.”
Indonesia has found two cases of Indian COVID in Jakarta
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin says two cases of a highly contagious COVD-19 have been recorded in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, for the first time, according to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.
“There were two new mutations. There were two incidents in Jakarta, one in India and one in Bali, South Africa, ”Buri said at the virtual conference. Another official confirmed that in two cases the form B.1.617 was the first to be detected in India.
Indonesia last week stopped issuing visas to foreigners staying in India in the last 14 days.
Experts call for ‘national stay in home order’
“In my opinion, only declaring a national stay-at-home system and medical emergency will help address current healthcare needs,” Bhrama Mukherjee, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, said on Twitter.
“The number of active cases is increasing, not new cases every day. Even the reported number has about 3 and a half meters of active cases.
Partial ‘coroner curfew’ imposed in Uttar Pradesh till May morning: ACS data updated by Sehgal
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At least 11 states and union territories have imposed restrictions on the prevention and control of infections, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown on economic impact.
Why COVID-19 data in India is widely available in small quantities
As the number of cases per day is much higher than in other countries, experts warn the official COVID-19 number from the world’s second most populous country is probably a huge undercount.
But why is India’s information being considered accurate? Is the data less accurate than other nations’ reports? And which number gives a good indication of the crisis?
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Cricket Australia has supported UNICEF’s fundraising efforts
Cricket Australia (CA) is offering an initial grant of A 50,000 ($ 38,600) in conjunction with a grant from Vice-Captain Pat Cummins last week, as the country’s players dropped their weight to respond to India’s weight behind UNICEF’s Australia fundraising campaign. .
“Australians and Indians share a special bond and to many, our mutual love for cricket is at the heart of that friendship,” CA interim CEO Nick Hawkeley said in a statement.
“We are saddened and saddened to learn of the plight of so many of our Indian sisters and brothers during the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, and our hearts reach out to everyone affected.”
UNICEF’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal in Australia is collecting and installing oxygen equipment in hospitals for the treatment of critically ill patients, providing testing equipment and “assisting in the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination”, the charity said.
368,147 new Kavid-19 infections have been reported in India
India received more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases directly on the 12th day, with an overall case load of just over 20 million, and the death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 3,4,117.
According to the Ministry of Health, the total number of coronavirus infections in India is now 19.9.3 million with 336,177 new cases in the last 24 hours, and the total number of deaths is now 218,999.
The UK will send one thousand more ventilators to India
Britain is rushing to send more than a thousand ventilators to India to help combat the growing infection with coronavirus, which is killing thousands of people every day.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged that the UK would always be on India’s side as he promised new aid, including advice from NHS staff and health experts Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Valence.
Johnson made the promise before an interview with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday, arranging for a visit to New Delhi to be replaced which was canceled due to the impetus of the case.
One thousand ventilators in the UK surplus supply included about 500 oxygen concentrators, in addition to the 200 sent last week.
India’s industrial body has called for a halt to economic activity
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a leading Indian industry body, has called on the authorities to take “the strongest national measures” and reduce economic activity as the country fights the chronovirus case.
Billionaire Uday Kotak, managing director and CII president of Kotak Mahindra Bank, said it would take time to build the healthcare infrastructure, calling for “maximum response at the highest level.”
“At this critical time when the death toll is rising, the CIA has called for strong national action, including reducing economic activity to reduce accidents,” Kotak said in a statement.
Concerned about the economic impact of shutting down the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown. At least 11 states and federal territories have imposed similar restrictions.
The Indian Express reported on Sunday that the country’s COVID-19 task force had advised the federal government to impose a national lockdown.
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