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The Daily Brief: India: Nation of the Fastest Growing Covid-19 Crises

Coronavirus cases in India rise in the deadliest wave that the nation has seen, reaching almost 90,000 cases per day

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  • A second wave of the coronavirus makes India the nation with the fastest growing Covid-19 crises, reporting just around 300,000 cases. 
  • The healthcare system strains under the daily average of over 89,000 cases, a number which critics believe is much higher, as most hospitals struggle due to shortages of ICU beds, available tests, and oxygen tanks. 
  • Just this Wednesday, 22 people were killed in Maharashtra after a hospital’s oxygen tank stopped working, cutting off the air for critically ill covid patients. 
  • Kerala Covid taskforce representative Dr. A. Fathahudeen regards the sharp increase in the past months as a “tsunami” that occurred due to the “false sense of normalcy” as India loosened restrictions after seeing a decrease in cases back in January. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a Tuesday address that, although the nation fights a “very big battle” against the pandemic, lockdowns should be used “as their last option” to stop the disease from spreading. 
  • The rise in cases has also been attributed to the Prime Ministers political rallies and disproportionate treatments of religious groups, as the government allowed Hindu worshippers to continue through with their sacred Kumbuh Melah festival, which brought in around 10 million people since January, after calling out similar Islamic gatherings for spreading the virus, sparking violent anti-Muslim campaigns throughout the country in the process. 
  • The United States Commission on International Religious Freedoms called for India  to be placed on the State Departments religious freedom’s blacklist, stating Modi “promoted Hindu nationalist policies resulting in systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom.”
  • Russia, Iran, and Sauid Arabia have also been recommended by the independent commission to be blacklisted after similar accusations within the nations threatened religious minorities

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Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/world/asia/india-coronavirus-muslims-bigotry.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/world/asia/india-coronavirus-oxygen.html

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/21/india/india-covid-hospital-shortage-intl-hnk/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-56811315

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/21/us-commission-put-india-russia-on-religious-freedom-blacklist

Hundreds of Russian Protestors Have Been Arrested During Demonstrations Regarding Alexei Navalny 

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  • 1,500 people have been arrested during protests, protesters are calling for the release of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
  • Navalny was arrested in January and is known as one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponents.
  • Navalny is now in critical condition after three weeks of hunger striking, leading his team to call Russia to protest on Manezh Square. 
  • Police blocked the designated area, however protesters still gathered nearby the Russian State Library and Tverskaya Street.
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Indonesian Submarine With 53 Passengers Stopped Responding and is Now Missing 

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  • A submarine holding 53 people thought to be near the coast of Bali stopped responding Wednesday. 
  • The KRI Nanggala-402 vessel was conducting a torpedo drill north of Bali when it disappeared roughly 60 miles off the coast early Wednesday morning.
  • The submarine is suspected to have gone 200 meters below its max depth of 500 meters.
  • Two Indonesian warships are leading the search for the 53 missing people with numerous other countries offering help.
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Fake Vaccine Doses Found in Mexico and Poland

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  • Pfizer announced its discovery of fake Covid-19 vaccines in Mexico and Poland, with around eighty people having received them in Mexico. The fake vaccines found in Poland were confiscated before they were used.
  • Health officials have strongly advised patients to abstain from buying vaccines online or through social media, and to only trust healthcare providers and official vaccination sites.
  • Latin and Central America are facing vaccine shortages and large numbers of Covid cases, leading to the spread of misinformation about the legitimacy of vaccines.

Explosion at Pakistan Hotel Kills Four

  • A car bomb exploded at Serena Hotel in Pakistan, killing four and injuring several. China’s ambassador to Pakistan was staying at the hotel, but was not present at the time of the attack.
  • Serena Hotel is in the city of Quetta, which is near the Afghanistan border. It is a well secured hotel frequently stayed at by government officials.
  • The explosion has been claimed by the Pakistan Taliban. It is unclear what the motives were.

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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