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  • Jul 24, 2021
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  • Introduction India has been struck hard by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemicdaily cases and deaths peaked at more than 400,000 cases and 4,000 deaths, respectively, almost four to five times higher than the peak number of cases and deaths in the first wave.1 The second wave was largely attributed to complacency by the Indian government.2 As important as this may have been, it is crucial to examine the role of the media during the pandemic. In particular, what were the discussion topics on the eve of the second wave, and was COVID-19 a fading topic of discussion when the tragedy struck? In this paper, we answer this question and discuss how inadequate media coverage may have slowed Indias COVID-19 response.

  • Jul 24, 2021
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  • The slackening of vaccinations is leading to a large resurgence of COVID-19 infections in Florida. New data provided by University of South Florida epidemiologist Edwin Michael and colleague Ken Newcomb shows that theres been a 70 percent drop in the rate of people getting vaccinated in Hillsborough County since April. There are currently 2,000 people receiving the vaccine each day

  • Jul 24, 2021
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  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand New Zealand on Friday suspended its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for at least eight weeks due to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Sydney. New Zealand recently imposed quarantine restrictions on travelers from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia states, where lockdowns have been introduced to contain delta variant clusters. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said quarantine-free travel would be suspended from anywhere in Australia from 11:59 p.m.