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US struggles with hospital beds in latest Covid wave, should Hindus return the schadenfreude?

American city Austin is faced with a shortage of ICU beds as the US sees rising cases of the Delta variant of Covid. As per reports, there are only ICU 6 beds and 313 ventilators for a population of 24 lakhs in the American state of Texas.

According to Austin health authority Dr. Desmar Vax, the city is in a dire situation owing to rising cases of Delta variant covid cases. He also pointed out how the health infrastructure in the city had crumbled and hospitals were incapable of handling rising covid cases.

Similarly, three hospitals have released a joint statement saying hospital staff is being challenged by the rising cases of covid 19. They also said that since hospitals have been facing a shortage of nursing staff for some time now, the crisis has only deepened. The situation is similar in other cities in the state that are battling crumbling health infrastructure as well as a shortage of nursing staff in particular.

The situation is so dire that patients were seen waiting for admission in the hospital lobby in one of San Antonio’s biggest hospitals. The hospital is overflowing with covid patients with authorities stating that they are unable to handle the rising cases. The largest number of covid admissions after February were made on Sunday.

While the US is dealing with inadequate health infrastructure to handle the second covid wave, the western media had the temerity to lecture Bharat. Readers may recall how western media houses had resorted to pandemic porn by using tragic images of funerals. However, the same media had carefully avoided “harrowing” images of the tragedy as far as the US and Europe are concerned.

It is no surprise that the overwhelmingly Hinduphobic western media chose Hindu funeral pics. The sadistic pleasure resorted to by them wasn’t limited to death but extended to all aspects of the covid crisis in Bharat.

Republic World pointed out how the western media had revealed its double standards when talking of lockdown in the west and Bharat. The article says:

The Editorial Board of the news portal on March 24 published a piece titled “Coronavirus Is Advancing. All Americans Need to Shelter in Place”. This article assertively demanded a lockdown. One line read, “The worst of the pandemic is yet to come. Listen to the medical experts. It’s time for a national lockdown.”

The same media portal, 6 days later on March 30,  denounced the lockdown imposed in India. The headline now read, “For India’s Laborers, Coronavirus Lockdown Is an Order to Starve”.

The Atlantic, a Washington-based website on March 31 almost lamented about how it was tough to impose a nationwide lockdown in the US. The article titled “Why There’s No National Lockdown” said “Enforcing a large-scale quarantine would be legally murky, even if it’s what the country needs to slow the spread of the coronavirus”.

Interestingly, the same website had on March 27, published an article pontificating on the lockdown in India. This article, however, was titled “The Callousness of India’s COVID-19 Response”. It claimed, “The government is showing how not to handle a pandemic”.

The anti-Bharat attitude of the west is further triggered by the fact that in its jaundiced view a Hindu Nationalist is leading Bharat. Even countries like Indonesia and Japan are reeling under the rising covid cases. Western media would do well to look at its own backyard rather than taking sadistic pleasure at pointing fingers at Bharat and Hindus.

(Featured Image Source: Dainik Jagran)


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