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WHO says pandemic reaching critical levels in South Asia




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Despite vaccines being rolled out, the WHO is warning that the Covid-19 pandemic has reached a “critical level” in South Asia as infections keep rising. The virus has already taken 2.9 million lives, infecting 136 million worldwide and the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, says the “trajectory of this pandemic is growing…exponentially.”

“This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic when we have proven control measures. We are at a critical point of the pandemic right now.”

The US is still the country with the most amount of infections, but India has recently taken the number 2 spot over Brazil, reporting 168,000 new cases in 1 day. India’s total amount of infections is now at 13.5 million, edging Brazil’s 13.48 million into the number 3 spot.

But a race among nations for Covid infections is not what the WHO – or anyone for that matter – is wanting. 28 year old Rohit, a waiter in Mumbai, seems to say that the race won’t end if people continue to not listen to safety protocols.

“The solution is for everyone to stay home for two months and end this (pandemic) once and for all. But the public doesn’t listen. Nobody follows the rules in the restaurant… If we tell customers to wear masks, they are rude and disrespectful to us.”

Ignoring the social – distancing rules has experts up in arms as they warn that huge, mass gatherings are what we all thought they were: a super spreader event for Covid-19.

But the Indian government appears desperate to avoid a repeat of last year’s nationwide March shutdown which saw some of the world’s toughest measures causing misery all around. Thus, the balance between managing a country’s overall health and financial situation is a tedious one.

Bangladesh has chosen health, for now, as it is shuttering both international and domestic airports from tomorrow. Its population of 160 million people, will be sealed off from the rest of the world.

And, in Thailand, a 3rd wave has hit, making plans for a full reopening by October, seem to be in vain. Social distancing and mass gatherings are, again, to blame, as entertainment venues sparked the recent spread. As normally tourism-heavy destinations, like the Andaman island of Phuket, are rapidly inoculating its residents to prepare for a July reopening, the new wave has dampened hopes of reviving the economy.

For now, the efforts to contain the Covid pandemic have been futile worldwide, but history has a habit of repeating itself, especially when safety protocols fall on deaf ears.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Covid truth

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    (Moderated) The 2.9m covid deaths is twisting the data to make it seem like covid is more dangerous than it is. 136 million positive tests or 136mil people? They are different things. 3 positive tests from 1 person = 3 new cases if 136m positive tests, the real number is well over 1billion now, which means we are closer to herd immunity than the media wants to admit. Not every one who catches covid gets a test… the data is good but the reporting is flawed

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    why are you blaming people to be responsible for the spread of the virus while most of civilians comply with the news rules of social distancing and mask wearing, the number one to be held responsible for the situation are government with inadequate mesures because of a lack of knowledge on the sickness, exemple, thai government bought massive amount of chinese sinovac vaccine, while the chinese themselves have claim that their vaccine is only 50% efficient, and only 10% efficient with the variants or thai officials allows event like color festival witch will obviously become a cluster, payut and his team never listen to experts and make their own plans with only ONE goal, please their billionaires friend and make themself richer on the process, and lying all the time to stay popular and keep the (stolen) power

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Oh they have found a new expert. A 28 year old waiter in Mumbai is explaining matters.
    Well bring him to Thailand. His advice will probably be just as good as the advice of the clowns in charge in Thailand.

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I see that according to WHOs figures the percentage of deaths have gone down.
    Now of infected it is 2.13 deaths.
    Before it was 3 percent.
    And this is only the ones who are found to be infected. Many are infected, recover, and never knew they were ill. They are not included in the infected who died.
    Take out the fat, old, and persons who were already ill. who died, and what is the percentage of deaths then?
    Take out the people who died of other illnesses, and were wrongly diagnosed of dying of covid, and what is the percentage of deaths then?
    Lower respiratory infections, a communicable disease, killed 2.6 million lives worldwide in 2019.
    The next year, 2020, these deaths went down 460.000.
    Did they? Or did they count respiratory infections deaths as deaths from covid?

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    Kuhn David

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:32 am

    You can blame the Government of China for covering up this virus, initially. You can also thank the Government of China to purveying it’s “Sinovac” vaccination, that is being reported China has lost so mach “Face” it’s leaders need to be purged. The population is not at fault, just the bureaucracy.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Overcrowded hospitals, more American deaths than in WW2 and then downplay the seriousness of covid 19. And in addition to the millions of deaths, tens of millions have also been seriously ill with often long-term complaints and not only eldery. See the despair in thousands of families in Brazil, India etc. Most disgusting is how some people think about the elderly. Well I hope my parents are spared a covid suffocation death.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 8:50 am

    “The solution is for everyone to stay home for two months and end this (pandemic) once and for all.”

    Sorry, not possible and even if it was, they tried that in Wuhan and it still spread around the world.

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