India sees lockdowns reimposed in some states as Covid-19 cases nears 1mn mark

India sees lockdowns reimposed in some states as Covid-19 cases nears 1mn mark

As India’s confirmed Covid-19 cases approach 1mn, lockdowns are being reimposed in certain states as local govts try to protect the health system from being overwhelmed. India on Wed. reported ~30,000 new cases and 582 more deaths, raising its totals to over 936,000 cases and over 24,000 deaths. A two-week lockdown begins on Thurs. in Bihar, while in Bangalore it would be for a week from Tuesday.

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As India approaches a million COVID cases, a quick look at what the government in the country is doing to help contain the spread of the virus: 1. Cracking down and illegally detaining protesters involved in criticism of a recently amended Citizenship Act which, for the first time in the history of the world's largest democracy, made religion an important factor behind citizenship. 2. Trying to destabilize state governments which were under the control of the country's principal opposition party. 3. Levying the highest amount of tax on hand sanitizers. Yes, you read that correct. A country where a large number of people are poor, the government has put sanitizers in the highest tax slab. 4. Demonizing its minority populations. The Muslims and Sikhs in the country are being accused of harboring separatists tendencies, and a Muslim sect was accused of spreading 'Covid terrorism'. 5. Collecting money from corporates and citizens under a 'PM Cares' fund, which, funnily enough, is not allowed to be audited by an independent watchdog. The organization which has been given the go ahead to audit the fund is headed by a person who is close to Indian PM Modi. The fund has donations amounting to nearly $1.3 billion in it. 6. Buying ventilators worth $1,995 for $5321. Many experts have alleged that there is a big 'ventilator scam' which has taken place in the country. 7. Booking victims of the Delhi riots of 2020 under charges of rioting, and ministers and leaders of the ruling party who were caught on camera making incendiary statements have been allowed to go scot free. A judge with the Delhi High Court who questioned the role of the Delhi Police (BBC ran a report which showed the Delhi Police actively participating in the riots) was promptly transferred. 8. Imposing a brutal, unplanned lockdown which forced some migrant workers to travel more than 900 miles ON FOOT. Yes, you read that correct. As a result of this, nearly 1,000 have died due to hunger, starvation, exhaustion and accidents. Yet, Modi's popularity is as high as ever, with people considering him to be some sort of a divine figure. So much for being the world's largest 'democracy'. Good luck, India. Your government clearly has other agendas in mind. Fighting COVID is clearly not on the list.

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