Coronavirus is overwhelming India, with Indians blaming Modi’s government for the crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic is currently overwhelming India’s medical personnel and institutions. Moreover, life-saving oxygen is in short supply, leaving families to carry their loved ones from hospital to hospital for treatment. Nonetheless, their race against time usually ends with mourning, with Indian social media filled with terrifying, lonely images of people left to wait in the streets.
In a video by Caravan magazine, a woman blames PM Narendra Modi’s government for the crisis. Her younger brother died aged 50 after failing to receive treatment when his oxygen tank ran out. Modi has “lit funeral pyres in every house,” cried out the woman in the video.
This week India reported a staggering 349,691 new infections, bringing the total to more than 16.9 million. Only the United States has more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Simultaneously, the Health Ministry of India reported 2,767 fatalities, but alternative sources are casting doubts over this figure, claiming hundreds of unreported deaths. The images of India’s crisis show over-filled graveyards and crematoriums, a symbol of the institutions failing to manage the infection.
Mamtesh Sharma, an official at Bhopal’s Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat crematorium, stated that the virus is “swallowing our city’s people like a monster.” “We are just burning bodies as they arrive. It is as if we are in the middle of a war”, he said. All of the drama on social media is shocking compared to Modi’s government claim that “nobody was left without oxygen.” Meanwhile, Twitter has complied with the government’s request to prevent people in India from viewing tweets criticizing the government.
In response to the surge of infections in India, Canada banned flights from India and Pakistan last week. Patty Hajdu said that over 50% of all positive COVID-19 tests on arrival came from people traveling from India.