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India’s COVID task force pushes for nationwide lockdown as deaths mount

Scientists in India are accusing the government of ignoring warnings of new, more dangerous variants of the coronavirus, a form of adviser says that 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. The second wave of covid-19 has left India battling record numbers of deaths and infections.

India is struggling as the pandemic second wave crashes over the country, death and desperation are spreading. So, too, is the fear that the government can’t stem the surge and end India’s suffering

when the case started rising up by the government by the plan. But turns out that didn’t within the first week understood that the governments have no idea. They’re not prepared for anything if we don’t have enough ventilators in one hospital. Forget about all the whatever we need for the entire city or the entire nation.

And just one example, 12 covid-19 patients died this weekend when a hospital in the capital ran out of oxygen supply for nearly an hour and a half.

Well, one of the mainstays of treatment for patients is oxygen. They need support because they decide to do so across the city. There is an increased demand in the hospitals.

A court in Delhi says it will start punishing government officials for failing to deliver lifesaving items, but it’s impossible to give what is not yet available. The international community spent the weekend sending supplies, grieving loved ones, and scientists blame elected officials for the worsening situation. They accused state and federal governments of ignoring medical advice and warnings about variance.

We need a change of government and maybe an election result under the. But all they could, like, change things around, I don’t know. So I’m just hoping, you know, they stick to their words.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Hindu Nationalist Party may be paying the price for their handling of the virus.

They suffered an upset in West Bengal and failed to make gains in two other key state elections,

a sign that Modi’s political strength may be slipping as the pandemic tightens its grip.

And let’s go now to our correspondent Minera Chowdhury, who is joining us with The View from Delhi. We heard it just there. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffering a defeat in two state elections on Sunday. How angry are people over the government’s handling of the pandemic?

Well, the national ruling party, the BJP, was really eying the state of West Bengal in which it lost yesterday, but it will be a little too far fetched to say that this happened because people were angry with the way the ruling party handled the economic situation because a point to note here is that most of the polling places in the state were over by the time we saw the second wave unleashing to full capacity and we saw the consequences.

It was only the last two polling places which perhaps could have been impacted by the way the government handled the situation. The loss of BJP in the state has more to do with the fact that the local population there did not agree with BJP’s style of politics or their style of campaigning. But one thing that could be said for sure, Sara is that this defeat is a major setback for the BJP at a time when it’s facing a lot of criticism for the way they have been reacting to Secondly,

Absolutely, a lot of accusations of pandemic mismanagement. How are they responding to that?

We have not seen any direct responses coming from the government to these allegations, what we are seeing instead is a political blame game beginning and we are seeing a lot of it happening in the national capital of Delhi, which is the worst state. It is still struggling when it comes to the lack of oxygen and the lack of hospital beds. What are seeing is that and as the critics suggest, the government has not really been responding to a lot of pertinent questions which are being.

So what happens now, we have to ask, because we understand that the covid-19 task force has pushed for a nationwide lockdown. Could we see that happen?

Well, the key members of the task force reportedly have been pushing the government to impose a nationwide lockdown. The Supreme Court has also been suggesting the same.

In fact, last week we saw Dr. Anthony Fauci, the reliable voice when it comes to people from the US, also adjusting the scene in an interview with one of the publications here. But we’re not certain whether the government will take this full so far or not, because we saw what happened last year. The economy was impacted. A lot of people lost their jobs. And the government may be concerned about the backlash, which will come if they do impose a nationwide lockdown.

But it’s a unique situation. We’re not sure of the decisions that will be taken in the coming few days.

Are there any lessons to be learned from the way that it has been handled so far? Manyara Because we’re hearing these reports that the government had, in fact, been warned by a forum of scientific advisers about a more dangerous variant back in March. But that warning was reportedly ignored. Why?

There have been accusations that we had a lot to learn from this crisis when we were going through the first week, but clearly, the facility, the arrangement which could have been made were not made. And this formal scientific advisers have come out and said that they want the government out of the health ministry in early March, that we will see a major spike in the number of cases that this particular mutant, whereas this particular strain is a lot more contagious than what we saw last year.

But clearly, as they are suggesting, these warnings were not food heat do. In fact, at the same time, we saw the government, the ruling party, also organize a massive election rally in the state of West Bengal. And there have been accusations that the government, perhaps Democrat, gave more priority to the state elections than to the pandemic.

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