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Covid-19 spirals out of control in India: 'Worst humanitarian crisis since 1947'

28 April 2021 1:27 PM
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University of Pretoria
Sociology
UP
Lester Kiewit
The Midday Report on CapeTalk
Covid-19 in India
Alf Nilsen

"It’s devastating," says Prof Alf Nilsen. "Crematoriums are working overtime. There is public desperation outside hospitals."

A second wave of Covid-19 infections is overwhelming India’s already fragile healthcare system.

The country has recorded more than 300 000 new cases of Covid-19 on each of the past five days.

India is the world’s largest producer of Covid-19 vaccines.

India is recording more than 300 000 new cases of Covid-19 per day. © moovstock/123rf.com

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Lester Kiewit interviewed Professor Alf Nilsen of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria.

It’s devastating… a humanitarian crisis unlike anything seen since 1947. Crematoriums are working overtime. There is public desperation outside hospitals… gross underestimates [of deaths] …

Professor Alf Nilsen, Department of Sociology - University of Pretoria

The pandemic in India has been mismanaged from the start… They opened up for a massive number of super-spreader events. There was no preparation for a second wave… Extreme dithering with the expansion of oxygen supplies… The vaccination drive in India has been slow… it collapsed again… Dithering all around…

Professor Alf Nilsen, Department of Sociology - University of Pretoria

Indians are dying in their thousands every day. Cases are going up by 300 000 every day. It’s as simple as that… a callous national government…

Professor Alf Nilsen, Department of Sociology - University of Pretoria

The scandalous Intellectual Property rights regime is being maintained by powerful Northern governments and the power of Big Pharma…

Professor Alf Nilsen, Department of Sociology - University of Pretoria

The Indian government is persecuting citizens, journalists, and medical staff who take to social media to call attention to the issue…

Professor Alf Nilsen, Department of Sociology - University of Pretoria

Listen to the interview in the audio below.




28 April 2021 1:27 PM
Tags:
University of Pretoria
Sociology
UP
Lester Kiewit
The Midday Report on CapeTalk
Covid-19 in India
Alf Nilsen

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