India’s second wave is deadly and frightening. It’s been enough to see countries like the US and Australia close borders to the country.
But now a new report suggests scientists warned Indian officials in March about a new and more contagious variant of COVID19 sweeping the country.
Reuters reports five scientists have come forward – all were part of the panel set up by the government.
Despite the warning, four of the scientists said the federal government did not seek to impose major restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.
Tens of thousands of farmers are camping on the edge of New Delhi protesting Modi’s agricultural policy changes.
The world’s second-most populous country is now struggling to contain a second wave of infections much more severe than its first last year.
Scientists say the spread is being accelerated by the new variant and another variant first detected in Britain. India reported 386,452 new cases on Friday.
The spike in infections is a major crisis for the Indian government.
The next general election is due in 2024. Voting in the most recent local elections was largely completed before the scale of the new surge in infections became apparent.
INSACOG was set up as a forum of scientific advisers by the government in late December specifically to detect genomic variants of the coronavirus that might threaten public health.
INSACOG researchers first detected B.1.617, which is now known as the Indian variant of the virus, as early as February.
The group of scientists claim INSACOG shared its findings with the health ministry’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before March 10, warning that infections could quickly increase in parts of the country.
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The Israel-Hamas War is entering a sixth month.
During a recent trip in New York, President Joe Biden was asked when a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas might start.
He said he hopes a pause in hostilities can take effect in the coming days to allow for remaining hostages to be released.
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Putin threatens West with nuclear strike
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a direct threat to employ nuclear weapons against the West, accusing NATO and the United States of preparing to strike Russia.
Putin delivered this ominous warning during his annual address to the nation, raising global tensions to unprecedented levels.
During his speech, Putin accused NATO and the US of deceptive maneuvers, alleging their intentions to launch an attack on Russian territory.
He emphasised Russia’s readiness to defend itself, boasting of its modernized nuclear arsenal and asserting the capability to defeat any potential aggressors on their own soil.
The Russian leader’s words carried a chilling reminder of the destructive power at his disposal, stating, “They have to understand that we also have weapons, weapons that can defeat them on their own territory.”
Such rhetoric underscores the grave risk of escalating conflict and the potential catastrophic consequences of nuclear warfare.
Putin warned that the deployment of troops to Ukraine by NATO countries could lead to a real risk of nuclear war.
He emphasised Russia’s determination to strengthen its military presence in response to perceived threats from neighboring nations aligning with Western alliances.
In addition to military concerns, Putin criticized Western efforts to engage Russia in an arms race, vowing to bolster Russia’s defense capabilities while accusing the West of attempting to weaken the country economically and politically.
Despite escalating tensions and global condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Putin sought to rally support domestically, praising Russian unity and resilience in the face of adversity.
He portrayed Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine as a defensive measure to safeguard national interests and protect Russian citizens.
Putin’s aggressive stance towards the West underscores the deepening rift between Russia and Western powers, raising fears of a potential conflict with far-reaching consequences.
FAA gives Boeing 30 days to fix 737 MAX program
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued Boeing a 90-day deadline to devise a comprehensive plan for enhancing quality control procedures after a recent incident involving a 737 Max aircraft.
Less than two months following an alarming occurrence where a door plug blew out of a 737 Max aircraft just nine minutes into an Alaska Airlines flight, the FAA has demanded Boeing to present a thorough strategy to address quality control deficiencies.
The incident, which took place on Flight 1282, revealed that essential bolts required to secure an unused door panel on the nearly new aircraft were missing, according to a preliminary investigation conducted earlier this month.
The door plug had been removed and reinstalled at Boeing’s Renton, Washington, factory where the 737 Max is manufactured.
This incident adds to a string of production issues plaguing Boeing’s flagship aircraft.
In response to the FAA’s directive, Boeing affirmed its commitment to developing a comprehensive action plan with measurable benchmarks.
The aerospace giant assured that its leadership is fully dedicated to meeting this challenge head-on.
FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized the need for Boeing to implement substantial and enduring improvements, emphasizing that foundational changes will necessitate ongoing commitment from the company’s leadership.
The FAA intends to hold Boeing accountable at every stage of the process, ensuring that mutually agreed milestones and expectations are met.
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