I cry for India: “Those who are lucky will survive—whoever has to die will die”.

Hidden camera of 🇮🇳 hospital: horrible ICU conditions, shortages, long lines of sick. @BBC follows a family that lost a 35-year old mother of 2.

HT @yogital @NicolaCareem
2) Rundown hospital “conditions the government doesn’t want people to see. So we filmed secretly. Covid patients being treated amid other illnesses, cared for by their own family.” With toilets overrun in ICU.
3) “the people here are angry. The PM @narendramodi makes announcements on TV, but nothing reaches us”.
4) The supply delivery crisis is actually quite real. Many worldwide donated supplies have not gotten to hospitals, especially rural hospitals, quickly enough. Lots of reasons. See thread 🧵
5) rural villager: “We are afraid because everyday people are dying here. Whereas we used to have 1 death every 6 months to a year”.

⚠️let that sink in…
6) @yogital: “they have no hope they will get help from anywhere”

Villager: “there is little we can do.”
7) villager: “Those who are lucky will survive—whoever has to die will die”.

I’m going to remember that quote until the day I die. It just that searing. 😢
8) “This is the reality all over India 🇮🇳. We will never know how many have died of the virus in this country”.
9) the world only really started hearing about India when the crisis hit wealthy Delhi.

Earlier: “Covid-19 has hit this country with a ferocity not seen before...but not unexpected either".

10) Nepal now following India’s trail of tears… almost 50% positivity in tests. “Rampant” levels of #COVID19 everywhere.

11) “One of the worst-hit areas outside Kathmandu has been the city of Nepalgunj, close to the border with Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which experienced influx of thousands of returning Nepali migrant workers ahead of the closure of the border between the two countries.”
12) What is happening in India is a preview of Nepal’s future… and the rest of the world’s future if we don’t share vaccines, and tech transfer fast for ramp up.
13) meanwhile in America… land with too many misinfo and conspiracy theories and privilege…

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…then silence…

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American (unhealthy) privilege.

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“Whoever has to die will die” 😢
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