Ashok Jain (name changed) tested positive for COVID-19 on April 30. When his oxygen levels fell dangerously low, his family sent him to a small hospital in Indore, in the west-central state of Madhya Pradesh. On May 2, he called up his son-in-law and breathed his last words: "Please get me out of here, otherwise I'll die." Jain died the next day. Prajakta (name changed), a relative of Jain's, blames a lack of investment in health care as a key reason why she believes India won't be able to contain rising deaths from COVID-19 anytime soon. "India has historically underinvested in its health care system, which has ultimately led to the collapse of the system today," Prajakta told DW. He claimed that some hospitals admit patients while knowing full well they lack the facilities to treat COVID patients. Unfortunately, Jain's story is not unique. The Indian government has come under severe criticism for its handling of the pandemic, and for not being able to control the spread … [Read more...] about COVID: How can India keep the virus from spreading further?
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Your ticket to the German classical music festival scene: Concert Hour has the picks of the season — two hours of music updated regularly. Along with host Rick Fulker, the musicians themselves are on hand to give their insights into the events and the music. Listen to audio 54:59 Concert Hour: Memory of an Angel, part II Part one At the Berlin Music Festival, Germany's arguably most supercharged lineup - the Berlin Philharmonic and principal conductor Kirill Petrenko - are joined by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Alban Berg's Violin concerto "In Memory of an Angel." Who was the angel Alban Berg wrote a concerto in memory of? Manon Gropius, the daughter of family friends, Alma Mahler Werfel und Walter Gropius. Manon died of polio at age 18 in 1935. Ironically, Berg himself had only a few months more to live – he was to die of blood poisoning at age fifty. "It sounds like a story straight out of late Romanticism," said the conductor, Kirill … [Read more...] about Alban Berg’s ‘In Memory of an Angel’
Wang Quanzhang is a lawyer. He spent four and a half years in jail for doing his job. It says a lot about the state of the rule of law in China when even lawyers are persecuted for representing victims. He is no exception. In a nationwide operation in summer 2015, the Chinese authorities rounded up more than 200 lawyers and dissidents. For three years, Wang's wife Li Wenzu knew nothing about his fate; their son had to grow up without a father. Yet, Li Wenzu's spirit was unbroken. She herself became an activist. Watch video 03:23 Share '709 Crackdown' five years on Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3f0ix China: Freed human rights lawyer tries to rebuild his life Long-term coverage DW's China correspondent Mathias Bölinger accompanied this courageous woman's battle for four years. Their many encounters provided the … [Read more...] about DW reporters in China: Documenting the erosion of fundamental rights
In the familiar environment of Stamford Bridge and surrounded by close friends Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard could be forgiven for celebrating an impressive Chelsea victory like he had done on countless occasions before. The playmaker’s jovial expression was painted across his face, greeting Zouma with a wide grin and fist bump, laughing and joking around. Those who are familiar with Hazard’s light-hearted persona will attest this is entirely typical of the Belgian. Except this time, he was on the opposite team to the pair. And as far as forgiveness goes, the fiercely loyal arbiters of Real Madrid might not willing to let it slide. It was the first time the winger had returned to west London since leaving for the Spanish capital in a £130 million deal in the summer of 2019. Unlike Thibaut Courtois’ acrimonious exit, Hazard’s departure had left Chelsea supporters feeling heartbroken but not betrayed. There was a general acknowledgement that Hazard … [Read more...] about Eden Hazard goes from Chelsea hero to Real Madrid villain after Champions League no-show
Fishmongers' Hall terrorist Usman Khan claimed he was "rebuked" by extremist preacher Abu Hamza for calling non-believers "dirty", an inquest jury has heard. Khan claimed he told Hamza he had "mellowed and lost his edge", Khan's theological mentor said. The mentor, referred to at the inquest as TM, said the story came up at his first meeting with Khan. In handwritten notes from 18 April 2019, four months after Khan's release from Whitemoor Category A prison, TM wrote that Khan told him Hamza "rebuked me" for referring to non-believers as "dirty kuffar [infidels]". The notes added, quoting Khan: "I was young, angry, brash. He had changed. I lost some respect for him then but now see he had reviewed and realised he had regrets about his previous behaviour." Advertisement The mentor, who cannot be named, said: "This caused me to raise my eyebrows and I asked him about the context and he said he had perhaps been seeking to gain points in Abu Hamza's books … [Read more...] about Fishmongers’ Hall inquest: Attacker Usman Khan ‘told off’ by Abu Hamza for calling non-believers ‘dirty’