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India’s COVID advisors say the Modi government ‘ignored’ their warnings

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As India battles, a devastating surge of covid-19 infections and deaths a group of scientists has come forward and said warnings back in march of a new and more dangerous variant were ignored by the government hospitals continue to be overwhelmed by the crisis and India’s vaccine rollout is being hampered by a shortage of shots

In India, a group of scientists advising the Narendra Modi government on the coronavirus says it warned of a new and more dangerous virus variant back in March, but that the government ignored their warnings.An international relief effort to help India deal with its devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections is gathering pace.

Countries ranging from Germany and France to Taiwan and Russia are sending aid. But India’s vaccine roll-out is being hampered by a shortage of shots, and new cases and deaths are still hitting record levels. People lie in the corridors of a hospital in Madhya Pradesh.

Those with a bed are hardly better off without oxygen. Relatives can only watch as their loved ones run out of breath. Precious oxygen is delivered to a hospital in Delhi under police escort. But it comes too late. Eight people died waiting.

Medical supplies are flying in. From Germany, ventilators. And from Russia, vaccines. Once a vaccine exporter, India is now desperate for imports. Several states have run out of vaccines, even as the inoculation campaign expands to all adults.

Those who wait to get a shot know they’re the lucky ones. Sikh devotees in Punjab cram together in a shrine. Religious gatherings have been partly blamed for India’s coronavirus outbreak. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the crowds.

Some Indians blame his leadership for the crisis. Across India, anger burns like so many funeral pyres.

People lie in the corridors of this hospital in maja pradesh those with a bed are hardly better off without oxygen relatives can only watch as their loved ones run out of breath

An Indian citizen interviewing to a local TV channel he said that we haven’t got any oxygen at all now that’s why i’ve put her in a prone position

so that she can feel some relief i asked the hospital but they can’t give me any

because they don’t have it either precious oxygen is delivered to this hospital in delhi under police escort but it comes too late supplies ran out about an hour earlier eight people died waiting we told them that we are doing the best we can despite the lack of oxygen and what was about to happen we begged them to arrange oxygen from anywhere they can medical supplies are flying in from germany ventilators and from russia vaccines once a vaccine exporter india is now desperate for imports several states have run out of vaccines even as the inoculation campaign expands to all adults those who get a shot know they’re among the lucky ones the situation is extremely grim i mean of course that is there aren’t any words that can explain the situation is extremely extremely grim the system is at a brink of collapse and that’s the reason why we try to get vaccinated as early as possible

but these lines in punjab aren’t for vaccinations sikh devotees are cramming together in a shrine religious gatherings have been partly blamed for india’s coronavirus outbreak even prime minister narendra modi joined the crowds some indians blame his leadership for the crisis like near me a woman who lost her father you know that there is a big failure of judiciary of the nation of so many people who cheated me on cylinders wouldn’t give me facilities on time and my father couldn’t get anything on time everything god delayed everything across india anger burns like so many funeral pyres

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