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Instead of learning from China, Trump has blamed her instead but turned to South Korea for help just as SK starts seeing a renewed spike in cases.... talk about the irony of his gutter nature and bilious focus to diminish China at all times.|
And against the better judgement and to the horror of his public health experts, he has intimated he wants to open the US for business come Easter in a few weeks time just when forecast models predict a spike in contagion.
Meanwhile US states are fighting one another for medical equipment but their president is leaving it to the private sector to sort out the productions, like for truck-makers to produce intensive-care ventilators, on the business ground of 'leverage' so the world concludes he is using trade leverages above even human lives, including those who have been in some soporific adulation of him.
When such a mess rakes downwards and first responders have to scramble for supplies at inflated prices, the USD2 Trillion bailout relief is not going to impress Mr Virus. It will just reproduce itself like micro-xenomorphs with greater vigor and devor its way into the US heartland, collecting lungs as it rampages.
Pushing all that to one side, it is very sad to hear that with just four hours notice, India is now locking down 1.3 Billion of its citizens for 21 days. That's three weeks of cramped cell-sized squatter self-arrest in poorly supported high density areas across the country while the countryside's wheat harvests have to be left unattended and the supply chains for food, water and medical supplies will be broken. What can be done for a country facing the virus risk where there is only 0.5 bed per 1,000? Their officials must brace for famines, outbreaks of other diseases as well, and general mayhem.
Will the US as the world's hegemonic advanced superpower and champion of western democracy, human rights and freedom be anytime coming to the aid of India, the world's largest democracy? Modi already knows the answer.