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The COVID 19 pandemic has made entire communities bankrupt. As Government aid struggles to reach everybody, millions around India are surviving on a prayer and the kindness of strangers. In a glaring example of the kind of crisis we’re living through, in Delhi hungry people joined a 2 Km food queue last week under the scorching midday sun.
The COVID 19 pandemic has given rise to a plethora of rumours around the world. The most persistent one in India till date has been the apparent connection of poultry and meat with the virus. The latest such rumour includes “a newspaper clipping that’s being circulated on WhatsApp that claims that Bihar’s Health Department has confirmed that poultry chicken is the source of coronavirus.”
In a disturbing development, a UP hospital has barred Muslim patients who don’t come with negative test for COVID 19.
Epidemics have always “changed the course of nations and transformed societies…the past is no recipe for the future — but it can suggest what to expect.”
“As countries around the world are struggling to lift lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, policymakers are deliberating how to deal with future outbreaks as and when they emerge.
In an unexpected fallout of the COVID 19 pandemic, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is now concerned that grounding most aeroplanes for a prolonged period of time will impact the quantity and quality of weather observations and forecasts.