CBC News shows that the Canadian government has extended its ban on incoming flights from India and Pakistan to June 21, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra confirmed Friday. The ban is meant to help control the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus.
The Indian factory making 6,000 syringes a minute
BBC News shows that one of the world’s biggest syringe makers has ramped up production because of the huge demand for Covid vaccines.
Rajiv Nath, who heads India’s largest syringe factory, says it is now making around 6,000 syringes a minute.
But he says that’s still not enough given that the world needs 10 billion syringes to vaccinate just 60% of the population.
He believes co-ordination between the vaccine makers, governments, the World Health Organization and syringe makers will be “very, very critical” going forward.
Video by Anshul Verma
‘Black Fungus’ declared an epidemic in India
WION shows that the Govt of India has asked states to declare Black Fungus an epidemic. 7,250 cases have been reported in 13 states & UTs. At least 219 people have lost their lives. What measures are being taken? WION’s Palki Sharma gets you a report.
India’s uncounted COVID-19 fatalities?
DW News shows that confirmed infections and deaths in a devastating second wave have dipped below record levels in India. But there’s concern that many cases are not being reported, particularly from a surge in vast rural areas. These regions lack adequate testing and healthcare infrastructure. DW’s Nimisha Jaiswal visited a village near the city of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, where there has been a spike in deaths caused by fever.
Has India passed its COVID-19 peak?
ABC News (Australia) shows that India has reported over 250,000 new coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, and more than 4,200 deaths.
Dr Ambarish Satwik is a vascular surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi.
He says it appears as though COVID infections are beginning to ease.
India’s COVID Crisis Is Making Oxygen Scammers Rich
VICE News shows that with a record number of COVID deaths a day, largely due to a massive oxygen shortage, scammers in India are thriving in the black market, while people are left to their own means to find cylinders of oxygen for their loved ones in critical condition.
COVID-19 cases spilling over from India sees Nepal grappling with infection surge
Some countries have committed to sending help to COVID-19-stricken Nepal, as the South-Asian nation grapples with hundreds dying daily due to infections.
The COVID-19 virus cases are spilling over from India sees Nepal grappling with infection surge.
India’s COVID Surge: New cases drop for the first time in 25 days
WION shows that India’s daily infections have dropped below 300,000 for the first time in 25 days. Has India’s deadly second wave touched its peak? Palki Sharma has the answers.
India’s COVID cases decline but crisis far from over
DW News shows that India reported a decline in new coronavirus cases on Monday but daily deaths remained above 4,000. Experts warned the figures could be much higher due to a lack of testing, especially in rural areas.
Meanwhile, international efforts are underway to help the country. Germany has sent an oxygen generation plant that is able to provide 400,000 litres of oxygen a day.
Cyclone Tauktae destroys houses and causes huge waves and hurricane in Kerala, India
Vulnerability on Youtube shows the Natural Disaster on 15 May 2021. Cyclone Tauktae destroys houses and causes huge waves and hurricane in Kerala, India.
Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following the passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions of the erstwhile regions of Cochin, Malabar, South Canara, and Travancore. Spread over 38,863 km squared, Kerala is the twenty-first largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,406,061 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the 13th-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also certainly the official language of the state.
Naturals hazards in 2021 seem to have become more frequent. We do not know what awaits us in 2021. Global warming and climate change will certainly affect our Earth. Take a look at natural disaster news.
Covid: The race to vaccinate the world
BBC News shows that more than a billion Covid-19 vaccines have gone into arms around the world.
Take a look at how 5 countries – the UK, the US, Canada, India, and Chile – are faring in their vaccination efforts, and what it means for ending lockdowns.
Australians with COVID-19 left in India as repatriation flight takes off bound for Darwin
ABC News (Australia) shows that about half of the 150 seats on the flight leaving New Delhi tonight are left empty after more than 40 people tested positive to the virus, meaning they and their close contacts cannot fly.
ABC News provides around the clock coverage of news events as they break in Australia and abroad, including the latest coronavirus pandemic updates.
Doctors in India warn against using cow dung as Covid-19 therapy
South China Morning Post shows that as India struggles with a second coronavirus wave, some have turned to cow dung “therapy” to ward off and cure Covid-19. Doctors have warned against the practice, saying there is no evidence it effectively fights the virus and that it could spread other diseases.
India COVID-19 cases above 24 million as mutant spreads across region
Al Jazeera English shows that India’s surge in COVID-19 infections has spilled over to its neighbours.It is making South Asia the epicentre of the latest coronavirus wave.Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports.
India’s Covid Variant Looms Over Pakistan’s Eid Celebrations
NBC News shows that Pakistanis appears to be engaging more with Covid vaccinations as the potential spread of a new variant from India coincides with the Eid al-Fitr holiday. NBC News’ Mohammed Abbas reports.
The black fungus nightmare facing India’s coronavirus patients
South China Morning Post shows that India is reporting a sharp increase in the number of rare so-called “black fungus” infections, or mucormycosis, among patients who survived Covid-19. The fungal infection is caused by exposure to a mould commonly found in soil and plants. But the current outbreak is afflicting post-Covid-19 patients with diabetes, who have been treated with steroids that compromised their immune systems.
Volunteers step up amid India’s rising COVID-19 death toll
ABC News shows that KhalsaAid, a Sikh-led nonprofit, is one of the volunteer groups helping to deliver oxygen and other crucial supplies. Many Indians say the government’s response has been a catastrophic failure.
Volunteers are filling the gaps in India’s fight against COVID-19
DW News shows that as India records high daily death tolls, the second wave of the coronavirus has shown no sign of slowing down. Many remains of the dead are unclaimed after cremation. Volunteers collect these remains and perform the last rituals for the victims, so they can achieve salvation.
India records most deaths in one day since coronavirus pandemic began
ABC News (Australia) shows that a record number of people have been killed by coronavirus in the past 24 hours in India. The country recorded more than 4200 deaths and a staggering 348-thousand new cases. Experts say it’s still too early to gauge whether infection figures have reached a peak. But what’s becoming more apparent is the effect lockdowns are having on residents – with many struggling to make ends meet. Yvonne Yong reports.
How Covid-19 Got So Bad in India
AJ+ on Youtube shows that every 4 minutes, a person dies of COVID-19 in Delhi. There are shortages of hospital beds and medical oxygen. Crematoriums are at full capacity.
Take a look at explanations of how it became like this.
Nepal: Skyrocketing COVID-19 deaths and infections
DW News shows that the number of COVID-19 cases in Nepal is skyrocketing, pushing the healthcare system to the brink of collapse. Many people worry their country is headed for a crisis like that of neighboring India.
India COVID cases dip from peak as nationwide lockdown calls grow
Al Jazeera English shows that the daily number of COVID infections in India has fallen below 400,000 for the first time in 4 days.
Health officials have recorded another 3,754 deaths.
This comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces growing calls to announce a nationwide lockdown.
Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid has more.
India reported less than 400,000 COVID-19 cases after 4 days
WION shows that India continues to battle its deadly second wave of Coronavirus pandemic and for the first time in 4 days the country reported less than 400,000 daily cases. WION tells you more on India’s COVID-19 crisis.
Black Fungus on rise in India and what is black fungus
WION shows that warning signs include pain and redness around the eyes or nose, with fever, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, bloody vomits, and altered mental status.
Even as a deadly second wave of Covid-19 ravages India, doctors are now reporting a rash of cases involving a rare infection – also called the “black fungus” – among recovering and recovered Covid-19 patients.
Mucormycosis is a very rare infection. It is caused by exposure to mucor mould which is commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. “It is ubiquitous and found in soil and air and even in the nose and mucus of healthy people,” says Dr Nair.
It affects the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised individuals.
Mucormycosis (previously called zygomycosis) is certainly a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.
Doctors believe mucormycosis, which has an overall mortality rate of 50%, may be being triggered by the use of steroids, a life-saving treatment for severe and critically ill Covid-19 patients.
Steroids reduce inflammation in the lungs for Covid-19 and appear to help stop some of the damage that can happen when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive to fight off coronavirus. But they also reduce immunity and push up blood sugar levels in both diabetics and non-diabetic Covid-19 patients.
Read more about it here:
Mucormycosis: The ‘black fungus’ maiming Covid patients in India – https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-57027829
Desperation and anger in India as COVID-19 cases, deaths surge
ABC News shows that International aid pours in as India sees more than 400,000 new cases and 4,000 deaths in just 24 hours.
India COVID-19 deaths could touch 1 million by August: Lancet
Al Jazeera English shows that for the second day in a row, more than 4,000 people have died of COVID-19 in India.UK medical journal The Lancet has warned the death toll could reach one million by August.India has already the third-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world.
Al Jazeera’s Pavni Mittal reports from New Delhi, India.
COVID-19 variant first seen in India designated as global concern, WHO says
Global News shows that the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday the coronavirus variant first identified in India, the B.1.617, was being designated as one of global concern, citing preliminary studies showing it spreads more easily.
The variant has already spread to other countries and many nations have moved to cut or restrict movements from India.
India’s oxygen crisis during COVID-19 pandemic raises concerns for developing nations
Global News shows that there’s growing concern that the shortage of oxygen devastating COVID-19-ravaged India could happen in other developing nations.
International aid is now arriving in the country, with a Canadian plane having landed carrying vials of the antiretroviral drug remdesivir and ventilators. And there is now an effort being made by countries like Canada that aims to provide poorer countries with medical supplies.
Redmond Shannon explains how The Every Breath Counts Coalition is working to keep the crisis seen in India from reaching those countries.
India’s rural hospitals unable to cope as coronavirus spreads
BBC News shows that as people move from lockdowns in India’s big cities to rural areas, Covid-19 continues to spread.
But rundown local hospitals and health centres are unable to cope with a crisis that they were never equipped for.
BBC India correspondent Yogita Limaye has been inside one to uncover the conditions that patients are facing.
Canadian doctors helping COVID-19 patients in India
CBC News: The National shows that Canadian doctors with ties to India are pitching in to help COVID-19 patients there through medical consultations and tracking down hard-to-find supplies.