Friday, 14 May 2021

Covid: The race to vaccinate the world

BBC News shows that more than a billion Covid-19 vaccines have gone into arms around the world. 

Take a look at how 5 countries - the UK, the US, Canada, India, and Chile - are faring in their vaccination efforts, and what it means for ending lockdowns.

A devastating hurricane hits China! The wind sweeps everything away in Wuhan, Hubei

Vulnerability on Youtube shows the Natural Disaster on 11 May 2021. A devastating hurricane hits China! The wind sweeps everything away in Wuhan, Hubei.

Naturals hazards in 2021 seem to have become more frequent. We do not know what awaits us in 2021. It seems that global warming and climate change affects our Earth.

May 14, 2021 - Tornadoes Hit Suzhou & Shanghai, China

Disaster Compilations on Youtube shows that on the evening of the 14th, extreme weather such as thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes occurred in Wuhan and Jiangsu. Among them, a level 9 tornado broke out in Caidian District, Wuhan, causing 6 people to lose contact and 41 people seeking medical treatment; Shengze Town, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province was hit by a tornado, resulting in 1 death and 21 injuries.

Worst Natural Disasters in Human History

The Infographics Show on Youtube shows what are the worst disasters that ever happened.

Our planet is a living planet, and the only known celestial body to have both a fully functioning climate system and active plate tectonics. But, all that moving and shaking makes the Earth a potentially dangerous place to call home. Natural disasters happen. See the worst natural disasters in human history.

10 Most Dangerous Natural Disasters

Factnomenal on Youtube shows the most dangerous natural disasters! Crazy weather can come and go but sometimes weather can create natural disasters. From a storm to landslides and tornadoes, this list has everything!

Top 10 Most Dramatic Footage of Natural Disasters Caught on Camera

You really never know when disaster is going to strike. Sometimes cameras capture the drama and devastation. See the most extraordinary footage of adverse natural events caught on camera. WatchMojo on Youtube counts down the Top 10 Most Dramatic Footage of Natural Disasters.

The Dangers of Flash Flooding

The Weather Channel on Youtube shows what flash flooding actually looks like. See the new Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) - they place themselves in the middle of the action and show the immense dangers of this natural disaster.

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas: washes, rivers, dry lakes and depressions. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or meltwater from ice or snow flowing over certain ice sheets or snowfields.

Filming a Raging Forest Fire - North America

Discovery on Youtube shows that a camera crew takes to the air to capture the true power of the forest fires that struck Ontario, Canada in 2011, destroying 1.5 million acres of pine forest. See the North America sights.

Why there's a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

Vox on Youtube explains that the belt of volcanic activity is called the Ring of Fire.

The Ring of Fire is a band of volcanoes and frequent earthquakes that runs from New Zealand, up through Eastern Asia, across the Bering Strait and all the way down to the Southern tip of Chile. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis appear around the boundaries of the several, fast moving, tectonic plates that make up the region. When the plates collide, they create areas of volatility. 

The Ring of Fire certainly sees more natural disasters than anywhere else on Earth, but what makes it particularly dangerous is that few countries are prepared.

5 Natural Disasters That May Happen in 2021

See 5 Natural Disasters That May Happen in 2021.

A natural disaster is certainly a major adverse event resulting from various natural processes of the Earth; examples include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, and other certain geologic processes.

Natural disasters 2021: In one night, flooding destroyed over 500 vehicles in Medea, Algeria, Africa

PAINFUL EARTH on Youtube shows the Natural Disaster of 4 May 2021. In one night, flooding destroyed over 500 vehicles in Medea, Algeria, Africa.

Severe flash floods since 2 May have engulfed parts of northern Algeria. In the provinces of Medea, Batna and Msila.

Floods caused by heavy rainfall damaged houses, roads and infrastructure in Medea province. In the municipality of Beni Slimane, where a medical building and dozens of cars were damaged.

As a result of flooding in the municipality of Daira de Magra. Civil Protection Services rescued trapped motorists in Ain Khadra municipality.

15 Craziest Natural Phenomena Recorded On Camera

The wonderful world is full of crazy and unpredictable natural phenomena. See crazy, real-life amazing natural events. From the most common natural disaster to curiously colored ice crystals, here are the 15 Craziest Natural Phenomena Recorded On Camera.

Vila Velha, Brazil: 8 March 2021: Floods and shopping centre destroyed

Take a look at this natural disaster 8 March 2021. The shopping centre is destroyed and the buildings are flooded in Vila Velha, Brazil

It seems that earth cataclysms have become more frequent in 2021.

Vila Velha is a coastal city in Espírito Santo, Brazil. It lies across from Vitória, the state capital. Its population was 501,325 (2020) and its area is 210.23 km².

12 Dam Failures Caught on Camera

MAD LAB on Youtube shows that when a dam bursts in movies it might be a mesmerizing spectacle, but in real life everything is a little different. You are now looking at the largest, most technologically advanced dam in the world, with a length of 2,335 m 7600 ft, and even this miracle of engineering was unable to hold out against the enormous pressure of the water behind it! Here are 12 of the most massive dam failures caught on camera.

Record breaking space jump - free fall faster than speed of sound

Watch the record breaking space jump from 24.2 miles (38.9 km) above the surface of earth by 'Felix Baumgartner'.

The video features the recording from the on-board camera, giving a true and absolute experience of the jump.

It also features a free fall which breaks the sound barrier (speed of sound) at 846 miles/hr or 1361.5 km/hr without the use of any heavy machinery.

Australians with COVID-19 left in India as repatriation flight takes off bound for Darwin

ABC News (Australia) shows that about half of the 150 seats on the flight leaving New Delhi tonight are left empty after more than 40 people tested positive to the virus, meaning they and their close contacts cannot fly.

ABC News provides around the clock coverage of news events as they break in Australia and abroad, including the latest coronavirus pandemic updates.

Doctors in India warn against using cow dung as Covid-19 therapy

South China Morning Post shows that as India struggles with a second coronavirus wave, some have turned to cow dung "therapy" to ward off and cure Covid-19. Doctors have warned against the practice, saying there is no evidence it effectively fights the virus and that it could spread other diseases.

India Coronavirus Crisis: 5 Glimmers Of Good News

India Today shows that amid the gloom, there’s a glimmer, for certain data suggests that the deadly second wave of Covid-19 might lose its steam soon. India’s effective reproduction value (R), an indicator of how fast the infection can spread, has dropped to pre-second wave levels. 

Karnataka is still reeling under a massive covid but there is a respite in New infections.

Dr Reddy's has administered the first dose of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in Hyderabad. Watch 5 Glimmers Of Good News In India's Covid Fight on India Today.

India: Ganga Covid Scare - Hundreds Of Bodies Float In Holy River

India Today shows the story about bodies floating in the Ganga river. More than 70 bodies have been recovered from the river in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Local reports claim more than 100 bodies have been dumped into the river.

The discovery of bodies has triggered panic over the spread of Covid-19 through Ganga river water. See the India Today exclusive.

The river - Ganges or Ganga is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh. The 2,525 km river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is the third largest river on Earth by discharge.

The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus. It is a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism. It has also been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals (such as Pataliputra, Kannauj, Kara, Kashi, Patna, Hajipur, Munger, Bhagalpur, Murshidabad, Baharampur, Kampilya, and Kolkata located on its banks or the banks of tributaries and connected waterways. The main stem of the Ganges begins at the town of Devprayag, at confluence of the Alaknanda, which is the source stream in hydrology because of its greater length, and the Bhagirathi, which is considered the source stream in Hindu mythology.

Johnson: Indian Covid variant could jeopardise June reopening

Guardian News shows that the Indian Covid variant could pose a threat to England's roadmap out of lockdown, Boris Johnson warned, as he announced second vaccine doses for the over-50s would be accelerated to combat its spread. 'The race between our vaccination programme and the virus may be about to become a great deal tighter,' the prime minister said. While he insisted the planned easing of restrictions on 17 May would go ahead as planned, Johnson said, 'This new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress.'

India COVID-19 cases above 24 million as mutant spreads across region

Al Jazeera English shows that India’s surge in COVID-19 infections has spilled over to its neighbours.
It is making South Asia the epicentre of the latest coronavirus wave.
Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports.

India's Covid Variant Looms Over Pakistan's Eid Celebrations

NBC News shows that Pakistanis appears to be engaging more with Covid vaccinations as the potential spread of a new variant from India coincides with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.  NBC News' Mohammed Abbas reports.

The black fungus nightmare facing India’s coronavirus patients

South China Morning Post shows that India is reporting a sharp increase in the number of rare so-called "black fungus" infections, or mucormycosis, among patients who survived Covid-19. The fungal infection is caused by exposure to a mould commonly found in soil and plants. But the current outbreak is afflicting post-Covid-19 patients with diabetes, who have been treated with steroids that compromised their immune systems.

Volunteers step up amid India's rising COVID-19 death toll

ABC News shows that KhalsaAid, a Sikh-led nonprofit, is one of the volunteer groups helping to deliver oxygen and other crucial supplies. Many Indians say the government’s response has been a catastrophic failure.

Tackling the Indian Covid variant as cases double in a week

BBC shows that Local and regional restrictions to tackle the Indian Covid variant cannot be ruled out, the government has said, as it expressed concern over the speed of the variant's spread in England. This is the story of 14 May 2021.

Why now is not the time to sell tech stocks: Strategist

Yahoo Finance shows how Brian Belski, BMO Capital Markets Chief Investment Strategist, joins Yahoo Finance's Adam Shapiro and Seana Smith to evaluate how inflation concerns are impacting the market.

Take a look at this stock information, up-to-date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, social interaction and mortgage rates that help you better manage your financial life.

Bitcoin Price at May 14, 2021: 50,638 USD

Bitcoin Price at May 14, 2021: 50,638 USD

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency invented in 2008. The currency began use in 2009 when its implementation was released as open-source software.

Bitcoin sure increased in price greatly in 2020 and 2021. For several years, Bitcoin was at around $10,000 in 2018 and 2019.

Bitcoin Price at April 7, 2021 was: 56,675 USD

So far this year (2021), volumes in bitcoin have been considerably higher than other years.

It seems that in the short term, fluctuations of Bitcoin will happen. The long-term prospects seem to be very good for this investment. It will be interesting to see the price of Bitcoin in the future.

It is indeed possible to buy Bitcoin with E transfer. You could open an account on one of the exchanges supporting Interac e Transfer. You could fund your account with an e transfer.

Canada allows the use of digital currencies, including cryptocurrencies. However, cryptocurrencies are not considered "technically" legal tender in Canada. Canada's tax laws and rules, including the Income Tax Act, also apply to cryptocurrency transactions. Check for updates about Canada Bitcoin rules.

As of February 2020, Bitcoin was legal in the USA, Japan, the UK, and most other developed countries. Even where Bitcoin is legal, most of the laws that apply to other assets also apply to Bitcoin. Keep in mind, the tax laws that have to be followed.

Be careful about Bitcoin. Keep in mind, Singapore has warned the public about the risks of trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, a market that while relatively small in the city-state has surged in significance over the past year.

"Cryptocurrencies can be highly volatile, as their value is typically not related to any economic fundamentals," Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said in response to a certain parliamentary question. "They are hence highly risky as investment products, and certainly not suitable for retail investors."

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Volunteers are filling the gaps in India’s fight against COVID-19

DW News shows that as India records high daily death tolls, the second wave of the coronavirus has shown no sign of slowing down. Many remains of the dead are unclaimed after cremation. Volunteers collect these remains and perform the last rituals for the victims, so they can achieve salvation.

Japan 9.1 Earthquake CCTV Footage March 11, 2011 Compilation

See the compilation of the powerful magnitude 9.1 earthquake caught by a surveillance camera/security camera/CCTV etc. on March 11, 2011, with the epicenter approximately 70 kilometers (43 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku and the hypocenter at an underwater depth of approximately 29 km (18 mi) lasting approximately 6 minutes.

What Would Happen If 13.0 Earthquake Hits?

Ridddle on Youtube shows What Would Happen If 13.0 Earthquake Hits.

It seems that earthquakes of magnitude 10 or larger cannot happen. The magnitude of an earthquake is related to the length of the fault on which it occurs. That is, the longer the fault, the larger the earthquake. A fault is a break in the rocks that make up the Earth's crust, along which rocks on either side have moved past each other. It seems that no fault long enough to generate a magnitude 10 earthquake is known to exist. If it did exist, it would extend around most of the planet.

The largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 on May 22, 1960 in Chile on a fault that is almost 1,000 miles long.

For most earthquakes, the faults do not break the surface, so the faults can be "seen" only through analysing the seismic waves. Faults can be anywhere from metres to a thousand kilometres long.

Earthquakes occur on faults - strike-slip earthquakes occur on strike-slip faults, normal earthquakes occur on normal faults, and thrust earthquakes occur on thrust or reverse faults. When a certain earthquake occurs on one of these faults, the rock on one side of the fault slips with respect to the other.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

India records most deaths in one day since coronavirus pandemic began

ABC News (Australia) shows that a record number of people have been killed by coronavirus in the past 24 hours in India. The country recorded more than 4200 deaths and a staggering 348-thousand new cases. Experts say it's still too early to gauge whether infection figures have reached a peak. But what's becoming more apparent is the effect lockdowns are having on residents - with many struggling to make ends meet. Yvonne Yong reports.

How Covid-19 Got So Bad in India

AJ+ on Youtube shows that every 4 minutes, a person dies of COVID-19 in Delhi. There are shortages of hospital beds and medical oxygen. Crematoriums are at full capacity. 

Take a look at explanations of how it became like this.

Nepal: Skyrocketing COVID-19 deaths and infections

DW News shows that the number of COVID-19 cases in Nepal is skyrocketing, pushing the healthcare system to the brink of collapse. Many people worry their country is headed for a crisis like that of neighboring India.

USA: Colonial Pipeline cyber attack: Will gas shortage, price hikes follow?

USA TODAY shows that prices at the gas pump are often based on these 5 factors, which are constantly in flux. 

Colonial Pipeline did not say what was demanded or who made the demand. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out by criminal hackers who seize data and demand a large payment in order to release it.

The attack on the company, which says it delivers roughly 45% of fuel consumed on the East Coast, underscores again the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to damaging cyberattacks that threaten to impede operations. It presents a new challenge for an administration still dealing with its response to major hacks from months ago, including a massive breach of government agencies and corporations for which the USA sanctioned Russia last month.

Canadians not ready to return to ‘normal’

National Post shows the story that Canadians don’t expect life to return to "normal" any time soon, according to an April 2021 survey by Maru Reports.

Canada's Wonderland remains closed

Canada's Wonderland is pushing back its opening date once again. Plus, a new survey reveals which bank Canadians trust the most. Business Editor Richard Southern reports.

Canada: Calls grow to shut down Alberta's oil sands as COVID-19 outbreaks worsen

Global News shows that as Alberta's COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, calls are now growing from labour leaders to temporarily shut down operations in the province's valuable oil sands.

Despite a surge in infections amid 12 sites, the plants are still operational, staff continue to live in close quarters, and workers are still flying in and out from across the country. The biggest outbreak is at Canadian Natural Resource's Horizon oil sands, which has seen over a thousand COVID-19 cases among workers, as well as two deaths.

Heather Yourex-West looks at how the situation there has grown out of control.

Canada: Nova Scotia's 1st drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic opens

CBC News shows that a drive-thru vaccination clinic built from modified shipping containers opened in Halifax Monday morning for those 50 and older who have booked appointments.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine paused in 2 Canadian provinces

Global News looks at Ontario halting first doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine amid an increased risk of a rare blood clot linked to the shot. The decision also comes after Alberta made a similar move, saying it's primarily because of the vaccine's dwindling supply. Eric Sorensen reports on the growing uncertainty and the evolving science around the vaccine.

See also another story about calls from labour leaders that are growing for Alberta to shut down the province's oil sands operations, as COVID-19 outbreaks within them continue to worsen and more workers fall ill. Heather-Yourex West looks at the biggest outbreak at Canadian Natural Resource's Horizon oilsands site, and how it managed to grow out of control.

Canadian government announces $740 million in spending to support nation's airports

Global News shows that Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra laid out Tuesday how approximately $740 million in funding to help Canada's airports amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be distributed.
He was joined by National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier and Gudie Hutchings, parliamentary secretary to the minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development.

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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

India COVID cases dip from peak as nationwide lockdown calls grow

Al Jazeera English shows that the daily number of COVID infections in India has fallen below 400,000 for the first time in 4 days.

Health officials have recorded another 3,754 deaths.

This comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces growing calls to announce a nationwide lockdown.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid has more.

India reported less than 400,000 COVID-19 cases after 4 days

WION shows that India continues to battle its deadly second wave of Coronavirus pandemic and for the first time in 4 days the country reported less than 400,000 daily cases. WION tells you more on India's COVID-19 crisis.

Indian variant 'highly transmissible'

Sky News shows that as planned, Boris Johnson laid out all the steps that will be taken in England next Monday as part of the easing of lockdown.

The Prime Minister described it as a "very considerable step in the resuming of normality". 

But Professor Whitty urged people to be cautious, and admitted that cases of one of the Indian variants of concern have doubled in the past week or so and warned that "things can come out of a blue sky."

Black Fungus on rise in India and what is black fungus

WION shows that warning signs include pain and redness around the eyes or nose, with fever, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, bloody vomits, and altered mental status.

Even as a deadly second wave of Covid-19 ravages India, doctors are now reporting a rash of cases involving a rare infection - also called the "black fungus" - among recovering and recovered Covid-19 patients.

Mucormycosis is a very rare infection. It is caused by exposure to mucor mould which is commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. "It is ubiquitous and found in soil and air and even in the nose and mucus of healthy people," says Dr Nair.

It affects the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised individuals.

Mucormycosis (previously called zygomycosis) is certainly a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body's ability to fight germs and sickness.

Doctors believe mucormycosis, which has an overall mortality rate of 50%, may be being triggered by the use of steroids, a life-saving treatment for severe and critically ill Covid-19 patients.

Steroids reduce inflammation in the lungs for Covid-19 and appear to help stop some of the damage that can happen when the body's immune system goes into overdrive to fight off coronavirus. But they also reduce immunity and push up blood sugar levels in both diabetics and non-diabetic Covid-19 patients.

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India COVID-19 deaths could touch 1 million by August: Lancet

Al Jazeera English shows that for the second day in a row, more than 4,000 people have died of COVID-19 in India.
UK medical journal The Lancet has warned the death toll could reach one million by August.
India has already the third-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world. 

Al Jazeera's Pavni Mittal reports from New Delhi, India.

Desperation and anger in India as COVID-19 cases, deaths surge

ABC News shows that International aid pours in as India sees more than 400,000 new cases and 4,000 deaths in just 24 hours.

Monday, 10 May 2021

COVID-19 variant first seen in India designated as global concern, WHO says

Global News shows that the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday the coronavirus variant first identified in India, the B.1.617, was being designated as one of global concern, citing preliminary studies showing it spreads more easily.

The variant has already spread to other countries and many nations have moved to cut or restrict movements from India.

India's oxygen crisis during COVID-19 pandemic raises concerns for developing nations

Global News shows that there's growing concern that the shortage of oxygen devastating COVID-19-ravaged India could happen in other developing nations.

International aid is now arriving in the country, with a Canadian plane having landed carrying vials of the antiretroviral drug remdesivir and ventilators. And there is now an effort being made by countries like Canada that aims to provide poorer countries with medical supplies. 

Redmond Shannon explains how The Every Breath Counts Coalition is working to keep the crisis seen in India from reaching those countries.

India's rural hospitals unable to cope as coronavirus spreads

BBC News shows that as people move from lockdowns in India's big cities to rural areas, Covid-19 continues to spread.

But rundown local hospitals and health centres are unable to cope with a crisis that they were never equipped for.

BBC India correspondent Yogita Limaye has been inside one to uncover the conditions that patients are facing.

Canadian doctors helping COVID-19 patients in India

CBC News: The National shows that Canadian doctors with ties to India are pitching in to help COVID-19 patients there through medical consultations and tracking down hard-to-find supplies.

Should Canada speed up 2nd vaccine doses as supply increases?

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that with a steady supply of COVID-19 vaccines and nearly 40 per cent of Canadians having received at least one shot, there are more questions about when second doses will roll out and whether Canada’s strategy is supported by science.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Should Canada do more to help South Asia during the pandemic?

CBC News shows that India is reporting a record-high 4,187 deaths in the past 24 hours and more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19. A shipment of medical supplies from Canada arrived in New Delhi on Saturday carrying ventilators and 25,000 vials of remdesivir, a drug used to treat patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Canada: Alberta government faces backlash ahead of tougher pandemic measures

Global News shows Canada: Alberta: tougher pandemic restrictions on gatherings and businesses go into effect on Monday, as the province battles Canada's biggest surge of COVID-19. But as Breanna Karstens-Smith reports, Alberta is also battling some of the staunchest opposition to its public health measures aimed at halting the spread of the virus.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Trained bees now can detect COVID-19

WION shows that Dutch scientists have trained bees to detect the Wuhan Virus. Swiss scientists have identified a Biomarker that could predict the severity of virus. Doctors in Delhi are reporting a rise in Black Fungus. WION’s Palki Sharma elaborates on the 3 big developments.

Nepal sees explosion in COVID-19 cases

DW News shows that International help supplies are now flowing in to support overwhelmed hospitals in India. The country has been hit hard by a new variant. Neighbouring Nepal is also struggling to contain an explosion in cases. Vaccines are in short supply - and nearly half those tested are found to be positive. It's feared the situation may be as bad, if not worse, than in India.

India is still registering record daily COVID-19 deaths and infections. Officials have reported more than 400,000 new cases in the last day. Almost 4,000 people died. Mass gatherings at recent religious and political rallies have also been blamed for spreading the virus.

COVID-19: Indian strain 'variant of concern'

Sky News shows that a number of covid-19 Indian variant cases have been found in the North West of England and parts of London.

The strain of coronavirus first identified in India became a "variant of concern" after tests suggested that it is more transmissible than other variants. 

Sky's Health Correspondent Ashish Joshi has been looking at what threat the variant poses.

Canadian aid touches down in India

A Canadian plane filled with medical supplies has landed in India. But Caryn Ceolin with why Canada is not actively supporting a proposal that could help Indian factories make desperately needed important COVID-19 vaccines.

India shatters global record as COVID-19 cases surge again

DW News shows that India reported a record high of more than 414,000 new infections and over 3,900 deaths over the past 24 hours. The new figures take the country's total case count to nearly 21.5 million and total recorded fatalities to over 234,000.

And there's no end in sight to this crisis. Hospitals are buckling under the pressure. There is a lack of beds and a lack of staff. But the one factor that has made this second wave more devastating than last year's emergency is the lack of oxygen.

Could vaccine patent waivers end India's COVID crisis?

DW News shows that India has reported a new record daily coronavirus death toll. More than 4,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Once again, over 400,000 new infections have been recorded. Critics say these official figures undercount the full extent of the crisis. Many fear that religious gatherings are causing the virus to spread even faster.

Canada sends meds and ventilators to India as pandemic surges

CBC News shows how International Development Minister Karina Gould joined Power & Politics to discuss the new aid Canada is sending to India as it grapples with a record-breaking surge in COVID-19 cases.

India’s COVID-19 crisis: Distributing aid another hurdle

CBC News shows that Canada is among the countries sending medical supplies to India as it grapples with a devastating second wave of COVID-19, but getting enough supplies and distributing them are big hurdles.

India Makes 7,000 Tons Of Oxygen A Day, So Why Is There A Shortage?

Insider News shows that India produces 7,000 tons of oxygen per day. They decoded why there's still a shortage as COVID-19 surges again.

Experts estimate that India needs nearly 16 million cubic meters of oxygen per day, or more than 21,000 metric tons, at current case rates.

The main problem is that medical oxygen is not reaching hospital beds in time. This delay is a product of where production units are located, a stretched distribution network, and what certain critics have said is bad planning.

India has a daily production capacity of at least 7,100 tonnes of oxygen, including for industrial use.

The armed forces are importing 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany.

Big Covid Explosion In Southern India, States Impose Lockdown To Bend Curve

India Today News shows that the Tamil Nadu government has announced a total lockdown from May 10-24 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The order was issued a day after the state recorded its biggest day spike of over 26,000 new Covid cases.

The sudden covid storm is wreaking havoc in the region. The 5 states in southern India are witnessing a massive spike amongst which the worst-impacted is Karnataka with nearly 50,000 cases each day.

China: New Space Station

The Tiangong Space Station (Chinese: 天宫 'Heavenly Palace') or Chinese large modular space station is a space station placed in low Earth orbit between 340-450 km above the surface. The Tiangong Space Station will be roughly one-fifth the mass of the International Space Station and about the size of the decommissioned Russian Mir space station. The Tiangong is expected to have a mass between 80 and 100 t (180,000 and 220,000 lb). Operations will be controlled from the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center in China. The core module, the Tianhe ("Harmony of the Heavens"), launched on 29 April 2021.

The construction of the station will manifest the 3rd phase of the Tiangong program. It builds on the experience gained from its precursors, Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2. Chinese leaders hope that research conducted on the station will improve researchers' ability to conduct science experiments in space, beyond the duration offered by China's existing space laboratories.

The Chinese large modular space station is designed to be used for 10 years which could be extended to 15 years and will accommodate 3 astronauts.

With the core module deployed and stocked, China will launch 3 taikonauts to live on the CSS. The launch is expected to take place in June 2021. This crewed mission, named Shenzhou-12, will be China's 7th, and the first since the Shenzhou-11 mission in 2016.

China is seeking to enhance its capacity for scientific and technological innovation by building the large modular space station.

UFO flying close to SpaceX capsule

A weird mysterious object was certainly captured on video soaring close to the SpaceX Crew Dragon shortly after the astronauts left earth Friday morning. Sources say it could be ice from liquid oxygen in the rocket.

The so-called Dragon spacecraft is capable of carrying up to 7 passengers to and from Earth orbit, and beyond. It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth, and is the first private spacecraft to take humans to the space station.

SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth from International Space Station

Global News shows that SpaceX safely returned 4 astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first USA crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.

The Crew Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3 a.m., ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk’s company.

The crew - NASA's Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan's Soichi Noguchi - had launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 15, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"It's not very often you get to wake up on the Space Station and go to sleep in Houston," Holly Ridings, NASA's chief flight director said at a news conference on Sunday. 

The 167-day mission was the longest for a crew capsule launching from the USA. The previous record of 84 days was set by NASA’s final Skylab station astronauts in 1974.

SpaceX: Starship - SN15 - High-Altitude Flight Test

As early as Wednesday, May 5, the SpaceX team will attempt a high-altitude flight test of Starship serial number 15 (SN15). For SpaceX, this is the 5th high-altitude flight test of a Starship prototype from Starbase in Texas. SN15 has vehicle improvements across structures, avionics and software, and the engines that will allow more speed and efficiency throughout production and flight: specifically, a new enhanced avionics suite, updated propellant architecture in the aft skirt, and a new Raptor engine design and configuration.

Similar to previous high-altitude flight tests of Starship, SN15 will be powered through ascent by 3 Raptor engines, each shutting down in sequence prior to the vehicle reaching apogee - approximately 10 km in altitude. SN15 will perform a propellant transition to the internal header tanks, which hold landing propellant, before reorienting itself for reentry and a controlled aerodynamic descent.

Take a look at the SpaceX Channel on Youtube to stay tuned for more updates.

Chinese rocket debris to cause limited damage, expert predicts

Global News shows that the remnants of China's largest rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere - this will be dropping the equivalent of 3 pickup trucks or a small plane late Saturday or early Sunday, an expert said. 

Long March 5B, the Chinese rocket, is equivalent in size to an unloaded semi-truck and weighs roughly 22 tons (as much as nine tons of material) and is expected to survive, Ted Muelhaupt, principal director of The Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (Cords) at the Aerospace Corporation, said.

The space debris will likely fall into the ocean. However, China has had 2 uncontrolled re-entries in the space of a year.

"There was enough reaction to the last one last May - most people thought they (China) would have learned their lesson and not done it again, but apparently they have," Muelhaupt said.

The Long March 5B is one of the largest pieces of space debris to return to Earth. The core stage of the first Long March 5B that returned to Earth last year weighed nearly 20 tons, surpassed only by debris from the Columbia space shuttle in 2003, the Soviet Union's Salyut 7 space station in 1991, and NASA's Skylab in 1979.

The so-called Long March 5 (LM-5; Chinese: 长征五号 ) is also known as Chang Zheng 5 (CZ-5). This is a Chinese heavy-lift launch vehicle developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). It is the first Chinese launch vehicle designed to use exclusively non-hypergolic liquid propellants. It is the 5th iteration of the Long March rocket family, named for the Chinese Red Army's 1934-35 Long March, during the Chinese Civil War.

Canada’s economy lost 270,000 jobs last month

CBC News shows that Canada lost 270,000 jobs in April as new lockdowns hit a lot of young people and service workers, just a month after the country had gained 300,000 jobs. A look at the people caught on the so-called "see-saw" driven by lockdowns.

Canada: Federal Transport Minister explains Canadian travel restrictions

See news about Canada travel restrictions. Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra clears up the confusion surrounding travel restrictions. Sid shares his thoughts on the matter and he’s not happy.

Canada: Alberta’s oil sands a hot spot for COVID-19 outbreaks

Global News shows the news about COVID-19 in Canada. The good news is the progress on vaccines with more doses arriving and in the pipeline, provinces are ramping up their rollout to younger Canadians. The bad news is the virus is still spreading faster in some provinces than vaccines are arriving. One of Canada's COVID-19 hotspots is Alberta's oil sands, where more than a dozen outbreaks have made hundreds of workers sick. Heather Yourex-West looks at the vaccination efforts underway, since the problem goes beyond that province's borders.

Canada's 3rd COVID-19 wave creates “zigzag” economy

Global News shows that Canada's economy is zigzagging through the third COVID-19 wave. Statistics Canada says the country lost 207,000 jobs in April, reversing substantial progress made in March. 

A spike in COVID-19 variant cases led to renewed public health restrictions and raised concerns about longer-term economic consequences from the pandemic.

The unemployment rate rose to 8.1 per cent from 7.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada reported. It would have been 10.5 per cent had it included in calculations Canadians who wanted to work but didn’t search for a job.

Canada not yet waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents

CBC News shows the vaccine patents situations in Canada. Vaccine patents are a hot topic at the World Trade Organization. Some countries, including the USA, argue patents should be waived in the pandemic to increase vaccine supply for the world at a faster pace. Canada is not actively supporting that idea.

The USA has reversed its stance on vaccine patents. President Joe Biden on Wednesday supported waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines. More than 100 other countries also support this decision. It seems this move is angering pharmaceutical companies.

Biden voiced his support for a waiver (a sharp reversal of the previous USA position).

Monday, 3 May 2021

COVID-19 India in CRISIS: Officials 'ignored scientists variant warnings' in March

The Sun (News) shows that the Indian government was warned in early March about a new, more contagious variant spreading in the country.

According to 5 scientists that took part in a government-organized forum, called the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genetics Consortium, or INSACOG.

The sources said that despite variant warnings, the Indian government failed to impose measures to stop the spread of the virus.

Millions of largely unmasked people attended religious festivals and political rallies and tens of thousands of farmers continued to protest Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agriculture policy.

India's COVID-19 crisis is far from over, and vaccines alone won't help. Here's why

PBS NewsHour shows that the COVID-19 crisis in India shows little sign of slowing down. As death tolls and infections skyrocket, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership is under increasing political pressure and scrutiny. The country is short on vaccines, and other life-saving supplies like oxygen and antiviral drugs. William Brangham speaks to Indian reporter Barkha Dutt about what she's seeing on the ground.

India's COVID task force pushes for nationwide lockdown as deaths mount

DW News shows that scientists in India are concerned with new, more dangerous variants of the coronavirus. More lockdowns are possibly needed to stop the virus spread.

India facing oxygen shortage as COVID-19 crisis deepens

CBC News shows that India is facing shortages in its supply of oxygen, a critical component in caring for COVID-19 patients. The country has seen more than 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day for 12 days straight.

India set to surpass 20 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

"What’s happening in India and Brazil could happen elsewhere," warns the WHO’s Director-General. See reporting with Melissa Duggan on the global concern over surging coronavirus cases.

Turkey enters strict lockdown as COVID cases soar

DW News shows that as coronavirus Covid-19 cases and deaths soar, Turkey has entered a so-called full lockdown. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has instructed people to stay home for nearly 3 weeks.

India records highest daily Covid death toll as virus engulfs country

BBC News shows that India has recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll since the pandemic began - a day after it became the first country to register more than 400,000 new cases.

Hospitals are battling to treat patients amid a chronic shortage of beds and medical oxygen.

India: much needed medical supplies arrive

CBC News shows that planeloads of oxygen and other medical supplies have arrived in India to support the country’s overwhelmed health-care system. Meanwhile, frustration builds about the low vaccination rate and how the government has handled the COVID-19 crisis.

Canada urged to return vaccine shipments as India's COVID-19 crisis deepens

Global News shows that India has recorded its deadliest day in the pandemic on Sunday, with over 3,600 COVID-related fatalities - the 4th straight day deaths in that country were over 3,000.

The devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has overwhelmed the country’s hospitals, morgues and crematoriums.

The country added 392,488 new infections on Sunday alone, pushing its total case load to 19.56 million.

As the country continues to reach grim milestones while medical supplies dwindle, more countries are stepping up to help. Canada itself has already committed $10 million in aid through the Indian Red Cross.

Critics blame Indian government for world’s worst coronavirus surge

One of the new media reports says Indian authorities ignored warnings about its devastating second wave. Caryn Ceolin with why the dire pandemic situation in India is being blamed on a botched government response.

India's COVID advisors say Modi government 'ignored' their warnings

DW News shows that in India, a group of scientists advising the Narendra Modi government on the coronavirus says it warned of a new and more dangerous virus variant back in March, but that the government ignored their warnings. An international relief effort to help India deal with its devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections is gathering pace.

India’s COVID CRISIS - What went wrong? And what needs to happen next, explained

7NEWS Australia shows that India’s coronavirus crisis is worsening, with more than 400,000 cases reported daily, and a new, grim record of 3,500 deaths in a single day. But just a few weeks ago, India thought it had the pandemic under control. So, what went wrong? And what needs to happen next. And what is the benefit of countries like Australia locking out people trying to return home from India?

India first country to record 400,000 daily Covid cases

BBC News shows that India has become the first country to report more than 400,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day.

The country has expanded its coronavirus vaccination drive as it grapples with huge numbers of Covid cases. All adults in India are now eligible to be vaccinated.

The real figures of daily deaths are thought to be far higher as many fatalities go unreported.

India’s ruling party declared victory over Covid - does it now regret this?

Channel 4 News spoke to Jay Panda, the national vice president of the ruling party, BJP.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People's Party; abbr. BJP) is one of 2 major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress. It is the current ruling political party of the Republic of India, having been so since 2014. The BJP is a right-wing party, and its policy has historically reflected Hindu nationalist positions. It has close ideological and organizational links to the much older Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). As of 2019, it is the country's largest political party in terms of representation in the national parliament and state assemblies and is by far the world's largest party in terms of primary membership.

Nations continue to send aid as India fights a massive battle against coronavirus

WION Channel shows that the USA sends over 1,000 oxygen cylinders, and regulators, among others on Sunday; Germany sent 120 ventilators on Saturday.

The situation in India requires help from other countries.

Brazil hits 400,000 COVID deaths

Al Jazeera English Channel shows that Brazil has seen a record number of coronavirus deaths for the second straight month as it struggles with a devastating second wave.

April was the worst month of the pandemic, with more than 82,000 deaths.
Activists say the government must do more to stop the spread.
Al Jazeera's Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Health Canada holding J&J vaccines to ensure quality control

CTV News shows that Dr. Ronald St. John discusses Health Canada quality checking J&J vaccines received from a Baltimore plant to ensure it meets standards.

Fauci says Canada isn't mishandling the pandemic's 3rd wave

CBC News shows that U.S. President Joe Biden achieved 200 million vaccinations in his first 100 days. His chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci says COVID-19 has been difficult globally, and Canada is not 'making any big mistakes' as it battles the third wave of the pandemic.

Canada: Doctors call for nationwide COVID-19 circuit breaker

CBC News shows that Dr. Anand Kumar, a critical care physician at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre, talks to CBC's chief political correspondent, Rosemary Barton, about an open letter he signed with other health experts calling for stronger national policies to overpower COVID-19.

Canada: Ontario ICU admissions climb to 900

CBC News in Canada shows that Ontario intensive care unit admissions have hit a record high. Overall admissions to ICUs rose to 900 for the first time. Anthony Dale, president of the Ontario Hospital Association, says hospitals across the province are 'working as hard as humanly possible' to make sure an ICU triage protocol 'never comes into effect.'

Canada: No masks, social distancing in Montreal protest

WION shows that provinces across Canada report single day records of new COVID 19 cases. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Montreal against restrictions imposed by the government to stem a third wave of the virus in Canada.