Politics

COVID-19: Rahul Gandhi Suggests Lockdown, US Lawmakers Launch #FreeTheVaccine

BP World Bureau | May 05 2021 03:27:08 PM
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NEW DELHI: India has recorded 3,82,315 cases of COVID-19 and 3,780 deaths due to the same.

There are 2,06,65,148 cases of novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country and out of that, 34,87,229 are active cases, 1,69,51,731 people recovered and 2,26,188 people died. 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the only way to stop the spread of coronavirus now was a full lockdown with the protection of minimum income guarantee scheme for poor and marginalised sections. 

His party has been asserting that the centre and state governments should move to control the situation by resorting to partial curfews, travel restrictions, closure and lockdowns.

Hospitals continue to report shortage of beds and oxygen. Allahabad High Court observed that the death of COVID-19 patients just for non-supply of oxygen to hospitals is a criminal act.

In a stern remark, HC added that these deaths are "not less than a genocide" by authorities entrusted the task to ensure the oxygen supply chain.

Bench comprising justices Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation on the spread of COVID-19.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar justified election rallies, saying that it cannot be stopped in a country like India, amidst the growing criticisms regarding the crowds and rallies which led to the spread of the disease. 

Delhi high court on the other hand slammed the central government over the oxygen crisis seen in the state. 

Amidst the growing number of COVID-19 cases, ICPA (Indian Commercial Pilots Association), pilots' union, has threatened to "stop work" if the airline fails to set up vaccination camps on a 'Pan India' basis for the flying crew.

To help India's fight against COVID-19, US Democratic lawmakers launched #FreeTheVaccine campaign in support of a proposal by India and South Africa before the World Trade Organisation.

"Blocking access to vaccines is anti-humanitarian, anti-diplomatic, and weakens American influence for good on the global stage," tweeted Congressman Lloyd Doggett.