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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Spinnaker Tower has been revealed as the top UK landmark that Brits are looking to visit this summer. The viewing platform in Portsmouth has topped a list of 10 attractions on people's radars as lockdown restrictions continue to ease across the UK. Radcliffe Camera in Oxford and Buckingham Palace in London took the second and third spots respectively. Outdoor attractions have reopened across the UK, although currently Scotland is the only country to have reopened its indoor attractions (England and Wales plan to reopen these from May 17, and Northern Ireland from May 24 at the earliest). Holiday parks firm Parkdean Resorts looked into which attractions had seen a surge in searches between March 2021 and April 2021, to determine which landmarks were proving a hit with Brits. We take a look at the top 10 landmarks on the list - and why they're worth having on your radar. 1. Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth This observation tower in Portsmouth has been crowned the top … [Read more...] about Top 10 UK landmarks Brits want to visit this summer as lockdown rules ease
The Home Office's refusal to give families of the Windrush generation preferential fees to enter the UK is unlawfully discriminatory, a High Court judge has ruled. Judge Tim Smith made the ruling after Lynda Mahabir, who was born in Trinidad, was separated from her husband and five children for more than two years due to the large fees the family would have to pay to join her in the UK. The judge said the Home Office's insistence the 52-year-old's family had to pay nearly £23,000 to join her left her with "a thankless choice". Mrs Mahabir was brought to the UK when she was two months old in 1969 before being taken back to Trinidad by her father in 1977 after her parents divorced. The Home Office did not document her lawful immigration status, like many others from the Windrush generation, so she was not able to return to the UK for 41 years. Advertisement She was then granted leave to remain under the Windrush scheme in 2018, which helps people … [Read more...] about Home Office ‘unlawfully discriminating’ against families wanting to join Windrush generation
In upsetting scenes on Coronation Street this week, Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin will be left fighting for their lives after a brutal attack. In a sickening twist, goth Nina and her boyfriend Seb are cornered by a gang of vile thugs and mercilessly beaten by a vile gang of drunken thugs led by prejudiced Corey Brent. After having abuse hurled at her for the way she looks, Nina and Seb are chased in an unprovoked attack which leaves them battered and bruised in hospital. The horrifying hate crime storyline is based on a real-life attack which resulted in the tragic death of teenager Sophie Lancaster, who was senselessly murdered simply because she looks different. "I couldn't believe it. Why on earth would someone want to attack that little girl who was so pleasant, so kind, so caring," said Sophie's mother Sylvia Lancaster. Sophie and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were walking in a park in Bacup, Lancs during the early hours of August 11, 2007 when they were beaten by a gang of … [Read more...] about Coronation Street Nina attack inspired by murder of Sophie Lancaster for ‘looking like a goth’
"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?