Original title: India is about to enter the “containment of large-scale outbreak stage”, but something more frightening!
Indian people: All starved to death, not sick. I can only get one or two breads and a little rice every day. How can I survive?
The latest data of the new crown epidemic situation released by the Ministry of Health of India shows that as of 17:00 local time on the 8th, local time, India had 485 newly diagnosed cases, with a total of 5000 cases confirmed.
On March 24, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced that India had entered the “closing city” state on the 21st, but this move did not effectively suppress the epidemic growth curve. Recently, the number of confirmed cases in India has doubled in 96 hours, and the epidemic has spread to nearly 300 in more than 700 regions of the country. Many places in India have announced the extension of the “closing city” period to April 30, and increased the level of restrictions to prevent residents from going out.
The Ministry of Health of India revealed that India has passed the local transmission stage and is about to enter the “large-scale outbreak stage that needs to be contained”.
India closed the largest slum to prevent the spread of the epidemic.
In India ’s largest slum, Taravi, after the first confirmed case occurred on April 1, Mumbai subsequently closed Taravi and asked the people to be isolated at home.
Indian NDTV TV host:
Generally, when we mention the Talawi slums, such scenes will appear in our minds. Very crowded settlements, huts are lined up one after another. There are confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in such places, which is very worrying.
An average of 1,000 people share a bathroom, and it is “difficult” to maintain social distance. The
Talawi slum covers only about 613 hectares, but it is inhabited by about 1.5 million people and is extremely densely populated. According to reports, 1,400 people share a bathroom here, and maintaining social distance is very difficult.
In order to receive the new coronary pneumonia relief fund of about RMB 46, the Indian people have long queues.
All starved to death, not sick. I can only get one or two breads and a little rice every day. How can I survive?
It is a bit loose to experience the Indian-style closure of the city.
“If India does not seal the city for 21 days, it may fall back for 21 years.” On March 24, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced that the country will enter the 21-day period from 0:00 on March 25. The state of closure-“Everyone must isolate themselves at home”. Now that more than two weeks have passed, what are the results of India’s anti-epidemic measures, and what difficulties and obstacles does it face? These have always been the focus of attention of international public opinion. “Global Times” reporters in New Delhi watched India’s national anti-epidemic, and felt very touched. Jager John, the former head of the Virology Research Center of the Indian Medical Research Council, said in mid-March that April 15 will be a node for the “possibly 10-fold increase” in the number of confirmed cases in India. Coincidentally, Modi also shouted through the media several times recently, suggesting that it is “unlikely” to completely end the closure of the city after the closure of the country on April 14.
The Indian government and the seat of parliament have the strictest control.
On March 24th, Modi announced the closure of the country. On the day of India, a total of 519 cases of new pneumonia were diagnosed. After entering the country to close the city, the initial increase in the number of diagnosed cases was not large, but as the media broke out that religious groups had previously held illegal activities to cause large-scale transmission of the virus and the number of tests gradually increased, the number of confirmed diagnoses rose rapidly. According to statistics from the Indian health department, as of April 9, India had a total of 5734 confirmed cases of new pneumonia, of which 472 were cured and discharged and 166 died. Judging from the current official data alone, India with a population of more than 1.3 billion has done better in this epidemic prevention battle than many European and American countries. At the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the People ’s Party of India on April 6, Modi commented that India ’s epidemic prevention work can be said to “set an example for the world” and the performance of the Indian people during the closure was “mature and unprecedented” . Of course, there are also Indian and international experts who say that the Indian government is “not too optimistic.”
April 9th is the 16th day of India’s national closure. Compared with the early days of the closure of the city, reporters from the Global Times saw a significant increase in traffic and pedestrian traffic in some neighborhoods around New Delhi. However, most of the shops except grocery stores and supermarkets are still closed for business. The people encountered by the reporter basically wear masks. This may have something to do with the municipal government ’s announcement on the 8th that “all people must wear masks as long as they leave the house, otherwise they will face police punishment”.
In the center of New Delhi, the deployment and inventory of major intersections are still very strict. As soon as the reporter drove into the Peace Avenue lined with foreign embassies, the police immediately stopped and asked for proof of identity. Driving towards the “India Gate” where the Indian government and parliament are located is even more “three steps, one post, five steps and one whistle.” The reporter saw that in the most tightly controlled city center, except for diplomatic cars, government official cars, police cars, ambulances and news media cars, few vehicles with social license plates were on the road.
In contrast, the control measures scattered in several small slums in southern New Delhi are not as strict as the government advertises, and many people gather together in twos and threes. Some homeless people who originally lived under the flyover dragged their families into some communities to beg. When they see someone passing by, they will gather to ask for change or food. But as soon as there was a community police who maintained order, they stopped quickly.
During the closure of India, vegetables and fruits in the capital area were not difficult to buy, but the butchers that opened the door were difficult to find. The online “supermarket” in the form of several rural cooperatives commonly used by “Global Times” reporters came in handy. Although these online shopping platforms are not full of goods, fortunately, they did not take the opportunity to drive up prices. For example, the price of a “family set” of fruits and vegetables that can be consumed by one person for a week is still 1500 rupees (1 rupee is about 0.1 yuan), which contains bananas, oranges, potatoes, broccoli and so on. The background manager of the online shopping platform “Big Tree” told reporters: “Because the New Delhi City Government believes that online shopping helps reduce the risk of exposure to transmission, our employees have been allowed to travel during the epidemic. The number of online shopping has increased and our sales It’s usually better. ”
During the closure of the city, the Indian people really” had hard-to-read classics. ” An old gentleman whom the reporter knew recently became an “orphaned man”-his wife went to his hometown-the northern city of Dehradun just before the closure of the city. After the national public transport was shut down, the old couple had to “separate the two places.” Another son-in-law of an Indian friend had planned to go to the southern city for liver replacement surgery recently, but it was not possible.
“No closure of the city will be a tragedy of the whole society.” After
the closure of the country, some Indian friends called to greet the reporters of the “Global Times”, and some even apologized for the inconvenience in life caused by the government’s hasty order. Lawyer Avasti complained: “I have not been out of the house since March 25, and I kept walking around the house when I was bored. I had hoped that I would have a long vacation like this to have a good rest, but I did n’t expect it. I really do n’t want to go out now, and I ca n’t stand it anymore. ”But Avasti said he understood the government ’s anti-epidemic measures. He said: “For a populous country like India, there are too many special features, such as high mobility within the population, high unit population density, etc. If you do not take such extreme isolation measures, it is likely that the virus will appear in the community quickly The spread of the situation will have unbearable consequences at that time. “Ava Sdi admitted that with India’s medical and health conditions,” I am afraid that I can’t cope with this situation, it will be a tragedy for the entire society. ”
There are actually a few people who hold similar views to Avasti. New Delhi TV station recently interviewed a group of college students. They said: “Facing the challenge of the epidemic, we must be brave and united. We understand the government’s policy on the closure of the country.” However, many Indian media believe that the closure of the country may lead to low- and middle-income people. , Especially homeless people face more embarrassing life pressure. However, the central government of India and the local state governments have taken corresponding measures. Among them, the New Delhi City Government has set up 586 free food supply points for vulnerable groups. Some homeless people in New Delhi have also been placed in Yamuna Sports Centre. The reporter saw at the gate of a slum on April 9 that vehicles from the Delhi municipal government were distributing basic living materials such as flour.
In the early days of the closure of the city, thousands of Indian laborers were shocked by the image of long journeys to their hometowns because of fear of “starving”. Even the Indian media are worried that “triggering a humanitarian crisis” or causing the epidemic to spread to the hinterland of the countryside. According to the Times of India, some people returned home, but were forced to “chemical disinfection” by the local government and were forced to receive a “sodium hypochlorite bath” (sodium hypochlorite is the main component of 84 disinfectant) before entering the village. Some local governments have admitted wrongdoing.
The ILO predicts that 400 million Indians working in the informal economy may fall into deeper poverty during the crisis. The British “Financial Times” published an 8th article on “the poor countries fight against the epidemic, whether the cost of closing the city is greater than the epidemic itself”. For example, some people who are caused by the closure of the city lead to lack of materials and malnutrition. The article believes that this is Prime Minister Modi’s “extremely painful decision in the face of extreme uncertainty.” According to observations by reporters from the Global Times, the most affected by the closure of the city in India are urban migrant workers and small vendors who rely on daily wages to support their families. Some people earn only meager wages ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 500 every day. After the closure of the city, they have almost no livelihood.
During the national anti-epidemic period, Indians also lost humor. Police in Surat, Gujarat came up with an interesting way. They wore helmets of the new corona virus cartoon and visited from house to house, reminding people to strengthen protection awareness and reduce going out. The reporter saw from some international media that in some parts of India, there were still people gathering on the street until April 9. In Chennai, some people painted some “propaganda pictures” related to epidemic prevention. Some cows stepped on these graffiti, and the open market was next to them, crowded.
After the closure of cities across India, the air conditions have improved significantly. The reporter did not feel the smog pollution in the past in New Delhi. In parts of Punjab in northern India, some people said, “For the first time in 30 years, the Himalayas have been clearly seen from afar.”
Many places plan to postpone the closure to April 30.
The data released by the Indian Medical Research Council on April 9 show that India has tested 130,000 people. On the same day, the Supreme Court of India issued an interim order requiring state-owned laboratories to provide testing free of charge. The cost of testing in private laboratories should not be higher than 4500 rupees in order to increase the overall testing rate. In addition, the Ministry of Health of India also announced that from April 10, a total of 700,000 rapid test kits will be launched nationwide.
There is currently a serious shortage of protective equipment in India. The Indian Press Trust reported on April 9 that Maharashtra’s protective materials have been urgent. The capital of the state, Mumbai, will need to purchase at least 35,000 sets of protective equipment each week, but at present it is only possible to purchase 12,000 sets, and the gap is relatively large. According to comprehensive media reports from the Global Times, whether it is medical material reserves, treatment beds, or the ratio of medical staff, India is somewhat stretched. In New Delhi, epidemic prevention personnel sprayed disinfectants on the outer walls of residential buildings. Mumbai has transformed the stadium of the Indian National Sports Club into a square cabin hospital. The sheltered cabin hospital in Assam has 1,000 beds. Indian officials also said that some train cars could be converted into isolation wards.
A Global Times reporter recently visited a comprehensive private hospital in New Delhi called “Holy Angel”. The reporter found that there was one more table and several chairs at the entrance of Saint Angel Hospital than usual. A male carer sat there, checking the temperature of the patient, distributing disinfectant, and reminding people entering the hospital to wear masks. When the reporter asked if he could do a new coronary pneumonia test, he kept checking it repeatedly, then stood up a little nervously, and took a step back and said, “We don’t provide tests, only government hospitals.” After confirming that the reporter only came to understand the situation rather than suspect the patient, he was relieved to say: “Now the hospital can only do general emergency or community treatment. Even if the fever is normal, it can not be consulted here.
If the outbreak further develops, the Indian government The most likely measure is still to continue the national closure of cities or local closures in key epidemic areas to isolate the virus from spreading to urban communities and rural hinterlands. About 40% of India ’s areas are currently affected by the epidemic, especially in densely populated cities The epidemic situation is relatively serious. According to the Associated Press report, in view of the severe situation of the epidemic, the Indian government has recently identified and sealed dozens of new coronary pneumonia epidemic areas in the capital of New Delhi and neighboring Uttar Pradesh. Due to the rapid growth of confirmed cases, India has announced many places the city will extend the closure deadline of April 14 to April 30. according to a government statement on the 8th, the residents of the region not to leave the city seal, food, medicines and other supplies provided by the government and put various door.
talk China Complex mentality
during the fight against the epidemic Before the global fight against the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, India had an inexplicably strong “Yuliang complex” against China “I like to compare many things with China. At the beginning of the outbreak, many Indian media began to compare the two national defense epidemic measures, and concluded that the closure of India is a” preventive means with Indian characteristics. ” . ”
in addition, and some Western countries, similar to the Indian society was also discredit by the epidemic China put forward” Chinese origin of the virus theory “,” Chinese opaque theory “,” responsibility of Chinese transfer “and various absurd arguments. According to PRINT news website in April It was reported on the 6th that the online survey conducted by the Indian independent think tank Takshasila Research Institute from March 26 to April 3 conducted 1156 Indians and 143 foreigners (including Chinese). The results were: 67% Respondents blamed China for the new coronary pneumonia epidemic; 65% thought that China ’s epidemic prevention and control policy was “strict and opaque”; even 50% felt that calling the virus “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” was not Racism or stigmatization, and help to avoid China’s evasion of responsibility; 18% of people think that the new coronavirus is a “biological weapon” made in China; 56% of respondents think that China The act of providing masks, ventilators, and protective equipment in other countries “is just a geopolitical gesture”, thereby projecting its powerful influence; only 3% of people believe that the national defense epidemic measures provide a model for other countries and show strong governance system.
“Global Times” reporter, the results of such a poll both outside the bounds of reason, could also be expected from the Indian media reports, the reporter saw from the northeastern region of India has lived in New Delhi 25-year-old girl (some people in the area who have whiter skin and looks similar to East Asians) was throwing dung on the street when they went shopping. The perpetrators also shouted “new crown virus” at her.
There is also a video on the Indian network that shows: 1 A famous Indian raised his torch in his hand and chanted “The Chinese virus rolled back.” The reporter has gone out several times in recent days, and clearly feels that the “eyes” of ordinary Indian people are unnatural, and such changes also make people more vigilant.
Of course, There are also many Indian people who can view the epidemic objectively and rationally, such as young people with certain professional knowledge such as Avasti. India China Institute of Strategic Studies and Analysis, a scholar told the “Global Times” reporter: “The most important is to work alongside the current, jointly cope with threats and challenges of the virus, based on any accusations of conspiracy theories would not be conducive to the global epidemic prevention work.”
Source : CCTV4, Global Times-Global Network / Xiao Yun