Indian authorities Spiral health care crisis After doctors were threatened to whistle about lack of oxygen and government criticisms were censored online.
Uttar Pradesh’s Prime Minister Yogia Ditianas, a Hindu fire priest of the ruling BJP party, said police could arrest individuals and hospitals reporting lack of medical oxygen or beds. , Caused a panic.
State medics said the government was “trying to hide the truth.” “If the Prime Minister visits the hospital, he will regret his comment that he is not deficient in oxygen,” said a Lucknow private hospital official who wanted to remain anonymous.
“He wants a hospital [to] Hide the truth. He is the least worried about people dying in hospitals and homes, “he said.
After accusing his 88-year-old relative of oxygen on Twitter, the local government accused him of causing fear among people and charged a man under fashion law. “I need an oxygen cylinder, as soon as possible,” Shashank Yadav tweeted on Monday.
State police said the tweet was misleading in a warning to others speaking on social media.
Hashtags calling for Narendra Modi’s resignation were temporarily blocked on Facebook Wednesday night, hiding more than 12,000 posts critical of the Indian government as the second wave of the pandemic went further out of control. It was.
An India-based Facebook user pointed out on Twitter that the hashtag #ResignModi is no longer visible.
A Facebook spokeswoman said, “I accidentally blocked the hashtag temporarily and then restored it, not because it was requested by the Indian government.”
Censorship took place after Twitter was legally requested by the Government of India to remove an important post regarding India’s response to a pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces intense criticism after a Covid-19 patient died at the hospital gate and the hospital was seen closing the door to the patient due to lack of oxygen and beds. ..
Indian hospitals are currently forcing families to fill out consent forms, confirming that the hospital will not be liable if a patient dies due to lack of oxygen or ventilator.
People can no longer get ambulances to take the dead out of their homes, and the crematorium is running out of space due to the increase in deaths.
Meanwhile, in the final stages of the West Bengal elections, many are voting for Modi’s BJP to seize the position of strong regional leader.
A long line of voters outside the polling place on Thursday raised concerns about the further spread of Covid infection in the state. West Bengal has recorded 17,207 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest surge.
Authorities say 56 percent of the 8.5 million voters were found to vote by 1:00 pm.
Experts fear that West Bengal could become the next epicenter of the virus after millions of people attend political rallies.
Earlier this month, Modi attended a mass election event in West Bengal and greeted hundreds of thousands of maskless people.
India set a global daily record of new infectious diseases on Thursday for eight consecutive days, driven by the emergence of insidious new mutants called double mutants that overwhelmed the national health system and funeral halls. It was.
With 3,79,257 fresh Covid-19 cases over the past day, India’s total exceeds 18.3 million, second only to the United States. The Ministry of Health has reported an additional 3,645 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing India’s COVID-19 deaths to 2,04,832.
India has received more than 140 million jabs so far, and more than 100 million have not yet received a second dose. Still, more than a billion vaccines may be needed. Given the country’s current production capacity and delays in bringing in foreign vaccines, supply will almost certainly fall below demand.
To control the accelerating second wave of the pandemic, India plans to vaccinate all people over the age of 18 from May 1st.
However, due to a shortage of vaccines, more than 12 million people were unable to book vaccination on the first day of registration. Social media is flooded with people complaining about not being vaccinated until June.
Over the past few days, some Indian states have indicated that they may not be able to start their drive on May 1 because they still have supplies.