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    ?A tsunami of cases?: desperation as Covid second wave batters India

    Doctors speak of a new variant of the virus that appears to be spreading faster than ever before

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    ?Now we are experiencing a wave of coronavirus infections that is far worse than the first and the magnitude of the spread is getting worse and worse. In Tamil Nadu it has taken just 15 days to reach the same level of cases in hospitals which was the peak last time. In the big cities in the state, the hospitals are already almost full.?

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    Nightmare scenes of a country struggling to cope have begun to emerge as doctors speak of a new variant of the virus that appears to be spreading faster than ever before, affecting young people and even children this time around and pushing India?s healthcare system to the brink of collapse. States such as Maharashtra have imposed a weekend lockdown in an attempt to curb infections, while Delhi has introduced a night curfew, with a total lockdown still not ruled out.

    Over the weekend bodies piled up outside the government hospital in Raipur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, because the hospital had ?not expected so many people to die at once? from coronavirus and could not cremate them fast enough. In Surat, in the state of Gujarat, crematoriums became so overwhelmed with coronavirus victims that families began burning their dead on open ground.

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    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-batters-india

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      In India, a Second Wave of Covid-19 Prompts a New Exodus

      Low-paid workers are starting to flee the cities en masse, just like a year ago. But their hometowns, often in far-flung places, may once again be ill prepared to test arrivals and treat the sick.

      By Jeffrey Gettleman, Suhasini Raj and Sameer Yasir

      April 14, 2021Updated 12:21 p.m. ETNEW DELHI ? As dawn broke over Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, Kaleem Ansari sat among a crowd of thousands outside the central rail station waiting for his train to pull in. Mr. Ansari, a factory worker, carried old clothes in his backpack and 200 rupees ? not quite $3 ? in his pocket.

      His factory, which makes sandals, had just closed. Mumbai was locking down as a second wave of the coronavirus rippled through India. Mr. Ansari, originally from a small village nearly a thousand miles away, had been in Mumbai a year ago when it first went into lockdown, and he had vowed not to suffer through another one.

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      Cities in India are once again locking down to fight Covid-19 ? and workers are once again pouring out and heading back home to rural areas, which health experts fear could accelerate the spread of the virus and devastate poorly equipped villages, as it did last time. Thousands are fleeing hot spots in cities as India hits another record, with more than 184,000 daily new infections reported on Wednesday. Bus stations are packed. Crowds are growing at railway stations.

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      https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/w...migration.html

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        ?India?s double mutant could be considered a variant of concern?
        • The double mutation refers to specific changes, among some others, that are denoted by E484Q (glutamate is replaced by glutamine at the 484th spot of the spike protein) and L452R (substitution of leucine with arginine at the 452nd position).

        By Rhythma Kaul
        UPDATED ON APR 15, 2021 04:35 AM IST

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        VijayRaghavan?s remarks represent the first time a top government official has said that the variant, since designated the code B.1.617, is a cause for concern after government officials said last month that it was too early to believe the mutation was driving the surge or causing repeat infections.

        ?It?s reasonable to say that the variant (the ?double mutation? variant) is of concern because it has been found in a significant number of people. And it?s not just because it?s been found in a certain number of people but we know that these particular mutations have (also) got physiological effects on our context,? he said, while adding that Indian scientists are carrying out further tests to determine exact biological consequences.

        https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...428592954.html

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        • #6
          https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/...itals-in-delhi
          New wave of Covid-19: Younger patients, different symptoms at hospitals in Delhi

          Doctors in government hospitals in Delhi said that they are seeing younger patients ? some even as young as 10 months ? and several of them are being brought in varying stages of consciousness

          Ashlin Mathew
          Updated: 15 Apr 2021, 9:48 AM

          In the current Covid-19 surge, diarrhoea, vomiting, high grade fever and rapid deterioration of Oxygen level are some of the symptoms being observed in patients diagnosed with the disease in the national capital as compared to the previous wave.
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          ?The current strain in Corona Virus is affecting young adults and children. Children as young as eight months and less than 10 years are being brought to the hospital. Several of them are brought in an altered sensorium state (varying levels of consciousness). Youngsters have more than 104? F and severe body ache. This is most likely the new strain. The patients who are coming in now have restlessness, breathlessness, diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, high grade fever and rapid deterioration of Oxygen level. By morning if the Oxygen levels were fine, by evening they reach danger levels. Earlier, it was not so,? said Dr Suresh Kumar, Medical Superintendent of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in central Delhi...
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          Ask Congress to Investigate COVID Origins and Government Response to Pandemic H.R. 834

          i love myself. the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever. ---- nayyirah waheed

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            Please also see:

            ?A tsunami of cases?: desperation as Covid second wave batters India - April 14, 2021

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            • Emily
              Emily commented
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              I moved the article here. Thought it might be easier to keep things together to watch for changes.

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            Big disconnect in reporting. I just quoted the health official since it was shorter. See article for the opposite reports from doctors.

            https://theprint.in/health/unpredict...octors/640353/
            ?Unpredictable? Covid strain in Ahmedabad causing lung damage & delayed symptoms, say doctors

            Doctors are concerned about new, more serious symptoms they?re observing in Covid patients, but state health officials say it?s nothing extraordinary.

            Soniya Agrawal 16 April, 2021 8:00 am IST
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            However, a senior health official in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation denied any such trend. He told ThePrint on the condition of anonymity: ?Compared to the number of cases, there are very few complications. We have a lot of ?mild? patients ? about 60-70% of the cases are mild and can do with home isolation. The problem that hospitals were facing was the shortage of oxygen supply and remdisivir.?

            The official added: ?The virus is not virulent, and only senior (citizen) patients with comorbidities are facing complications. And if a person is fully vaccinated, then the chances of complications are even smaller.?...
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            Ask Congress to Investigate COVID Origins and Government Response to Pandemic H.R. 834

            i love myself. the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever. ---- nayyirah waheed

            (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
            Never forget Excalibur.

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            • #9
              India added a record 2,17,353 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,42,91,917, while active cases surpassed the 15-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday, April 16, 2021

              India continues to lead the world in terms of average daily cases detected. The nation now accounts for one in every four cases reported globally every day. As of April 14, India recorded over two times the average daily cases detected in the United States.

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              https://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...le34332366.ece

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              • #10
                The virus sure seems relatively innocuous currently, considering we had people dropping dead in the street during the initial outbreak in Wuhan.
                Is there any indication of what changed to cause this reduction in lethality?

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                • sharon sanders
                  sharon sanders commented
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                  You can not trust any numbers now. It is probable that China's total case count is underreported, which affects their cfr, and there may be many uncounted COVID-19 deaths from natural causes in India. We will not know for a couple of years.

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                Railways faces Covid heat as over 93,000 workers infected

                April 24, 2021 5:28:22 am

                The national transporter is rationalising its manpower to ensure its operations are not affected, particularly at a time when migrants are rushing home and it is expected to run dedicated oxygen-carrying trains, according to sources.

                more..

                https://indianexpress.com/article/in...ction-7286773/

                Last edited by sharon sanders; April 24, 2021, 06:56 AM.

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                  ?A complete massacre of data? as well as people: A human tragedy of unprecedented scale: As #COVID19 Devastates India, Deaths Go Undercounted


                  As Covid-19 Devastates India, Deaths Go Undercounted
                  Fatalities have been overlooked or downplayed, understating the human toll of the country?s outbreak, which accounts for nearly half of all new cases in a global surge.
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                  • #13

                    India sees another record high: Over 3.4 lakh new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours - 2.624 new deaths

                    Published: 24th April 2021 12:55 PM | Last Updated: 24th April 2021 12:57 PM

                    https://www.newindianexpress.com/vid...rs-109690.html


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                    • #14


                      arunsharmaht
                      476 Funerals In One Day In Kanpur

                      Kanpur: COVID-19 victims being cremated at Bhairav Ghat Hindu Crematory, as coronavirus cases surge in record numbers across the country, in Kanpur, Thursday, April 22, 2021

                      https://www.instagram.com/tv/CN-cwos...=1dgrju368vkch

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                      • bertrand789
                        bertrand789 commented
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                        India is the religious museum of the world, and a country with a caste system. However, it is a federation:
                        https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8D%B0%E5%BA%A6

                        It is also a country with a medicine not recognized by the WHO:

                        https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%98...90%A0%E9%99%80

                        It is therefore a country producing Ayurvedic and "traditional" products:
                        "The Indian pharmaceutical industry is expected to have a production value of US $ 48.5 billion in 2020."

                        How to represent the control strategies in place with their results?

                        I ask this question, because all the fights exist in this country, moreover it is the country which has many animals which one knows sensitive.

                        Some neutral presentation links would be nice, right?

                    • #15

                      India reports over 3.49 lakh Covid-19 cases, deaths touch new high of 2,767

                      India now has 26,82,751 active Covid-19 cases, while the death toll is nearing the 2-lakh mark
                      UPDATED: APR 25 2021, 09:57 IST


                      Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/nationa...67-978450.html

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