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on 16 april BBC team went gujrat and counted all the day dead . they counted some 200 dead . next day gov announced 25 dead in gujrat .

on 11 april sources noted some 69 dead bodies were transferred only from one hospital but next gov statics show only 20 dead .

19 april the hindu teams counted some 689 deaths but gov admit only 94 death that day

5 may they counted some 83 deaths in wadodra but gov statics show only 13 dead



 

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on 16 april BBC team went gujrat and counted all the day dead . they counted some 200 dead . next day gov announced 25 dead in gujrat .

on 11 april sources noted some 69 dead bodies were transferred only from one hospital but next gov statics show only 20 dead .

19 april the hindu teams counted some 689 deaths but gov admit only 94 death that day

5 may they counted some 83 deaths in wadodra but gov statics show only 13 dead



It does feel like you can multiply each goverment statistic by x8 to get at the real values for India right now.
 

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India ready to save world with 2 locally made vaccines: Modi

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NEW DELHI: India is ready to help protect the world with not one but two ‘Made in India’ coronavirus vaccines, PM Narendra Modi said on Saturday as he asserted that the world was watching how the country conducts the globe’s biggest vaccination programme.
In his address at the inauguration of the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention, Modi said: “In the corona era, today India is among the countries with the lowest mortality and highest recovery rate in the world. Today, India is ready to protect humanity with not one, but two Made in India corona vaccines.”

He also said India has the most vibrant democracy, days after the violence on Capitol Hill shocked the US and much of the world.
In his virtual address on the theme of ‘Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, he said: “Being the pharmacy of the world, India has supplied important medicines to all those in need in the world in the past and is also doing so now.”

“When India got Independence it was said that such a poor and under-literate country will disintegrate and democracy was impossible here. Today’s truth is that India is united and if democracy is most strong, vibrant and lively anywhere in the world, it is in India,” he said.
Modi said he felt very proud about the praise for Indian diaspora and also lauded them for their contributions to the PM-CARES Fund, which has been used to boost health infrastructure in the country.
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Professor, 38, dies from coronavirus after begging for a ICU bed on Twitter
The gender studies professor died just a week after testing positive for the disease and just 10 days after her mother also succumbed from complications related to coronavirus



Nabila Sadiq, 38, succumbed to the deadly virus just a week after testing positive

Nabila Sadiq, 38, succumbed to the deadly virus just a week after testing positive (Image: @SugarsNSpice/Twitter)

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After a posting a desperate plea for ICU beds on Twitter an assistant professor has tragically died from Covid-19 just 10 days after her mother.
Nabila Sadiq, 38, succumbed to the deadly virus just a week after testing positive, 10 days after her mother Nuzhat, 76, also died from complications related the disease.

Her father was hospitalised for Covid but was eventually discharged and is under home quarantine.
In her last days, the gender studies scholar posted on Twitter in a desperate please for an ICU bed.
She asked people to "pray" for herself and her parents and expressed her fear that "no one will stay alive in Delhi".
From April, she starting sharing a flood of exasperated tweets about the Covid crisis in India, writing on April 24: "Too young and known people dying due to lack of oxygen.


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Head of Indonesian Embassy Ferdie Piay dies of COVID-19
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Ferdie Piay steered the vaccine cooperation related dialogue with India over the last one year.

A senior Indonesian diplomat serving as the head of the Embassy of Indonesia here has died of COVID-19. Ferdie Piay, was serving as the Charge d’Affaires of the mission and had fallen ill last month because of COVID-19 .
He was flown back to Indonesia in the end of April but breathed his last on Tuesday. Mr Piay was heading the mission of Indonesia as the country was in the process of appointing a new ambassador after the tenure of the previous one Sidhartho R Suryodipuro ended. His tenure coincided with the first and second wave of the pandemic in India.
Mr Piay took charge of the embassy and steered the vaccine cooperation related dialogue with India over the last one year. He was part of the delegation of diplomats who were taken to visit pharmaceutical companies that produce vaccines in Hyderebad. As the topmost diplomat of Indonesia in India, Piay was a well known face in the ASEAN-India circles. Mr Piay is the highest ranking diplomat to die in the second wave of COVID-19 in India.
Earlier this month a senior Indian staff working in the High Commission of New Zealand passed away because of COVID-19. Embassies and diplomatic missions in Delhi have confirmed a large number of COVID-19 cases so far with cases being reported from embassies of Bhutan, Philippines, New Zealand and Thailand. Countries have often evacuated diplomats and support staff based on the requirements.

A Saudi diplomat was evacuated along with his family earlier this month in an air ambulance. Despite assurances COVID-19 cases have remained notably high among the diplomatic missions in the capital. On Tuesday, spouse of an official in the High Commission of Bangladesh passed away because of COVID-19. Her mortal remains were repatriated by Tuesday afternoon.


 

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Black fungus: Is diabetes behind India's high number of cases?
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Mucormycosis affects the sinuses which may require surgically removing the eye
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image captionMucormycosis affects the sinuses and may require the surgical removal of the eye
About 12,000 cases of a condition known as "black fungus" have been reported in India, mostly in patients recovering from Covid-19.
This severe infection is normally very rare and has a mortality rate of about 50%.
Some medical experts have suggested India has seen cases growing because of the high prevalence of diabetes.
But are other factors at work and what is happening in other countries?
Which countries have got black fungus?
Prior to the Covid pandemic, at least 38 countries around the world had reported cases of mucormycosis, more commonly known as black fungus.
India and Pakistan had the highest rates with around 140 cases per million annually, according to Leading International Fungal Education.

With rising cases, special wards have been set up for mucormycosis patients
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image captionA special mucormycosis ward in a hospital in the Indian state of Gujarat
Dr David Denning at the University of Manchester, an expert on fungal infections, says reported cases of black fungus in India were "masses more than any other part of the world" well before the pandemic.
"Mucormycosis is strongly linked with poorly controlled diabetes and there's a lot of it [diabetes] in India."
In patients recovering from Covid-19, according to a recent research paper looking at cases globally, 94% of those who had the fungal infection also suffered from diabetes.
And the majority (71%) of the reported cases of black fungus were from India.
Is a link to diabetes seen in other countries?
Of the top countries with a high per-capita prevalence of diabetes, others (apart from India) have reported cases of mucormycosis.
Bar chart showing major countries diabetes per capita

India's neighbours, Pakistan and Bangladesh, both have a high prevalence of diabetes in their populations, and have had mucormycosis cases - but not in especially large numbers.

In Bangladesh, doctors have been treating one confirmed case of mucormycosis and are awaiting test results for another suspected case.
Doctors told the BBC that both patients also had diabetes.
Pakistan has also reported five cases of mucormycosis in recent weeks and four had died as of 12 May, according to media reports.
Brazil has reported 29 cases so far, but it's not yet clear how many of these had Covid and/or were diabetic.
Russia has also reported "isolated" cases of mucormycosis in Covid patients recently - but it is unclear how many have been detected so far.
The US has a very high prevalence of diabetes - 9.3% of the population is estimated to have the condition.

It also has the highest number of Covid cases globally.
But mucormycosis is very rare - diabetes cases there are largely managed with only 3% going undiagnosed, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.
Why might diabetes be a risk factor?
Experts say it's not so much recorded cases of diabetes as the levels of undiagnosed diabetes that are the issue.
Table of %age of undiagnosed diabetes globally

The IDF estimates that about 57% of those with diabetes in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka are undiagnosed cases - and nearly all of these are found in India.
Pakistan is also estimated to have a high proportion of undiagnosed diabetes.
"There's a lot of uncontrolled diabetes in India because people don't do regular health check-ups," says Dr Hariprasath Prakash at the International School of Medicine in Kyrgyzstan.
He says a large majority of diabetes cases are "discovered through other health complications" and remain untreated.
Poorly controlled diabetes puts you at higher risk of certain infections, including some fungal ones.
The Africa region also has a high proportion of undiagnosed diabetes at nearly 60%, but estimates show the incidence of mucormycosis there is low - only 3%.
Dr Denning points out that "it could be because [mucormycosis] cases might be going undiagnosed... it is not the easiest thing to diagnose."
Studies have suggested that cases of black fungus go undiagnosed because of the difficulty in tissue sample collection and the lack of sensitivity of the diagnostic tests.
What else might cause black fungus?
Experts also suggest that the indiscriminate use of steroids for some Covid treatments could be linked to mucormycosis or other fungal infections.
Two widely prescribed steroids - dexamethasone and methylprednisolone - are used for Covid patients in India to reduce the inflammation caused by the body's immune response.
Black fungus graphic representation
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However, with hospitals and doctors overwhelmed by a growing numbers of cases, there's evidence that these steroids are being taken without medical supervision.
The Indian authorities have recently warned against such self-medication, which can have seriously harmful consequences including, says Dr Denning, such as an increased the risk of developing mucormycosis.
A UK-based trial conducted on around 2,000 Covid patients showed that dexamethasone helped reduce mortality in those with a moderate or severe infection, but could potentially be harmful for those with a mild infection.
That study showed the efficacy of steroids when used in a hospital setting. However, some states in India are reported to have distributed dexamethasone to the public along with home isolation kits.
"It is very clear (through studies) that more steroids is not better," said Dr Denning.
 

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