White House Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci advised the Indian authorities to impose a complete lockdown in the country to confront the record outbreak of the Corona pandemic, at a time when the country’s authorities launched a massive vaccination campaign against the virus, while yesterday, Saturday, protests were recorded in a number of European countries and in Canada over the restrictions on fighting Corona.
The White House medical advisor said – in remarks published yesterday, Saturday – that India will have to impose a lockdown over several weeks, to contain the significant increase in the number of coronavirus infections. Read also It was preceded by massive festivals without precautionary measures … a record in India for the number of Corona injuries Turkey … implementing complete lockdown measures in the country to counter the Coronavirus The Corona pandemic casts a shadow over May Day celebrations
The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far resisted imposing a nationwide lockdown, to avoid a repeat of last year’s experience of lockdown, which many suffered as a result and dealt a blow to the economy.
“I think the most important thing now is getting oxygen, equipment, medicine, protective equipment, etc., ” the Indian Express newspaper quoted Fauchi as saying in an interview . “But among other things that must be done immediately: Issuing an order to close the country.” “.
The White House medical advisor said, “If the closure is imposed, it does not need to be done for a period of 6 months. A temporary closure can be imposed to put an end to the cycle of transmission.” This has an important impact on the dynamics of the virus outbreak. “
The vaccination campaign
India – the second largest focus of the virus in the world – began yesterday, Saturday, a vaccination campaign that includes the adult group, whose number is nearly 600 million people, despite the shortage in the stock of doses, and in the midst of the second epidemic boom that led to the registration of a new record number of more than 400 thousand cases of the virus. During the past 24 hours.
To date, approximately 155 million doses have been administered to 127 million people, or 9.2% of the country’s population.
On the other hand, scientists accused the authorities in New Delhi of ignoring a warning they issued last March regarding the emergence of a new strain of the virus.
Last month, India recorded more than 7 million cases of the virus, which led to the flooding of the health system in several regions, and several states imposed restrictions, especially in Maharashtra (west) and the capital, New Delhi, where hospitals are on the verge of collapse. On Saturday, the authorities extended the lockdown in New Delhi for an additional week. Advertising
The Indian Ministry of Health said that the total number of people infected with the disease in the country exceeded 19 million, and the number of deaths reached 211,853, after recording 3 thousand and 523 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Protests in Europe
In a separate context, a number of European countries witnessed – yesterday, Saturday – demonstrations against the restrictions imposed to confront the Corona pandemic.
In Belgium, the metropolitan police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse more than a thousand people who gathered in a Brussels public park, protesting the lockdown measures related to Covid-19.
Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said about 15 people were arrested during confrontations with police. Belgium is under a second year lockdown, and Corona virus prevention restrictions have forced bars and restaurants to close since late last October.
In Finland, security forces arrested 50 people yesterday, Saturday, during a demonstration in the capital, Helsinki, in protest against the measures taken by the government to combat the Corona virus, according to what the police announced in a tweet on their Twitter account.
The security forces dispersed the demonstration, which included about 300 people, in central Helsinki, without incident. Note that it is forbidden to gather more than 6 people in Helsinki due to the epidemic.
In Canada, thousands demonstrated – yesterday, Saturday – in the vicinity of the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, where one of the largest vaccination centers in Quebec was established. In protest against health restrictions imposed to contain a third wave of the pandemic sweeping the country.
The demonstrators raised banners reading “No to masks,” “No to curfews,” and “No to the health pass,” in a move accompanied by a large security force, according to correspondents of the French Press Agency.
On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced the decision to organize the demonstration in Montreal, and the Quebec provincial government said that the demonstration caused the postponement of vaccination dates at the center at the Olympic Stadium.
It is noteworthy that the Corona pandemic, which first appeared in China at the end of 2019, has claimed the lives of more than 151 million people worldwide, while the total number of deaths resulting from the virus has reached more than 3 million and 323 thousand.