World COVID-19: The Australian Government prohibits its nationals blocked in India from entering
“It’s a tsunami”: The coronavirus is overwhelming India’s health care system
India set a pandemic record with almost 347,000 new cases in a day.The country reported almost 347,000 new cases over a 24-hour stretch, according to the New York Times, setting a new worldwide high for the third day in a row. Deaths also climbed, to a record 2,624 in a single day, and the rolling seven-day average of daily new cases in India is quickly approaching 300,000.
To guard against a spread of the Cvid-19 epidemic currently ravaging India, the Australian government has decided to prohibit its own nationals, if they are in India, to return to Australia. Those who are trying risks up to five years in prison and tens of thousands of fine. This measure, contrary to international law, made controversial and even accused of racism.
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Doctors on the frontline have blamed the B.1.617 strain for the raging second wave that is killing nearly 3,000 Indians a day. But UK scientists have accused India of being too complacent.Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second wave which has sparked hundreds of thousands of new infections each day and left the country with a crippling shortage of oxygen and hospital beds.
with our correspondent to Sydney, Grégory Poles
against COVID-19, Australia is ready for anything, even to prevent its own citizens from returning to the country. All flights to India have been suspended in recent days, and Australians on site, about 9,000 people, risk prison if they are trying to rally Australia by stopping in a third country.
This controversial measure, is denounced by part of the Australian political class. This is the case of the former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, yet from the same political formation that the current government: "We have a fundamental principle: Australians have an inalienable right to go home. This is one of the rights conferred on all Australian citizens. And I was shocked that this right to have, in practice, was repealed. It's a mistake, which should be rectified.
The world could be doing much more to help India
Countries can’t go it alone in tackling Covid-19.Now, there are so many people with severe Covid-19 that health care workers like him in several cities have to make difficult decisions about which patients to move to the ICU, who gets put on a ventilator, whom to give oxygen — if those options are even available.
Accused of racism, this unprecedented measure at the global level is contrary to international law. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that everyone has the right to return to his country.A measure in order to avoid a third wave in Australia
but the Australian government camps on its positions. This is what Tuesday did the Prime Minister Scott Morrison in an Australian morning show: "It's a two-week break, not an indefinite break, not a four-month confinement. What we are trying to do is avoid that there is a third wave in Australia spreading throughout the country.
The prohibition that targets Australians blocked in India should be lifted on May 15th. According to a survey, only one-third of the population believes that the Australian government has not helped its nationals abroad.
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Dr Khan explains how India’s troubles are spreading across the sub-continent, while pregnant women are dying in Brazil.India has seen a rapid and well-publicised increase in COVID cases. After a stepwise easing of restrictions across the country throughout 2020, India’s leader, President Narendra Modi, declared the country was in the “end game” of the pandemic. Soon after this bold statement, large religious and political gatherings were allowed to take place with little regard for social distancing and, inevitably, cases began to soar. On May 3, India hit the grim milestone of 20 million COVID cases, though the true number is thought to be much higher.