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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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Summary: 

  • 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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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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