Embassies in India are struggling amid the pandemic

Embassies in India are struggling amid the pandemic 3
Embassies in India are struggling amid the pandemic 3

Last week, a senior Tanzanian diplomat in New Delhi was infected with nCoV, but the city hospital refused to admit him because of overload.

Several diplomats of a Middle Eastern country have left India in the past 10 days.

Such stories show that foreign diplomats in India cannot avoid the serious Covid-19 outbreak in this South Asian country.

A cremation area for people who died of Covid-19 in New Delhi earlier this week.

As Indians race to get infected family members or friends the chance to get treatment at medical facilities, many foreign diplomats are also left to fend for themselves to survive the pandemic.

Modi’s government blames the nCoV mutation as the culprit behind the terrible outbreak, but many critics say allowing millions of people to gather at festivals and political rallies is a `super-spreader`.

Last week, Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar accused Jairam Ramesh, a member of the opposition Congress party’s youth wing, of trying to `attract cheap support` by posting a video of its volunteers sending oxygen tanks.

Jaishankar said that the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had checked the information with the Philippine embassy and that what the Congress Party Youth Union provided was not necessary because this diplomatic facility had not recorded any cases of infection.

The New Zealand Embassy then posted on Twitter, asking for oxygen and tagging Srinivas B.V, leader of the Congress party’s youth union.

`An article was mistakenly posted on the New Zealand diplomatic mission’s Twitter account. It has therefore been removed and the New Zealand diplomatic mission has apologized to the Indian government. We thank the Indian government for

Song Harish Pawar, who heads the New Delhi branch of the Youth Congress, said the oxygen supply had been sent to the New Zealand embassy, where staff had received it and thanked the volunteers.

Pawar said that the Youth Congress received over 10,000 requests for oxygen, medicine, plasma and cremation assistance daily from various parts of India.

On May 2, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had contacted many foreign embassies and would meet their medical needs.

Indian news site Scroll reported on May 3 that in the previous 5 days, 25 flights carrying more than 300 tons of foreign emergency aid, such as bottled oxygen or oxygen generators, had arrived in this South Asian country but officials

Embassies said they had to `rely on themselves` to ensure health care for their staff.

`Two weeks ago, High Commissioner Muhammad Imran directly contacted four leading private hospitals in New Delhi to ensure his staff received emergency treatment,` Mahmood said.

When Palestinian embassy media adviser Abd Elrazeg Abu Jazer and his wife were infected with the virus a few days ago, they also had to find a doctor at a private hospital to get a prescription for treatment.

Last month, Faiq Hamza, 63, consul general at the Palestinian embassy died of Covid-19 after 14 days of hospital treatment, while three other diplomats and family members, including two young children

`Some employees may return to Palestine after a full recovery in the next few days,` Jazer said.

Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay shared that like many others in India, they are really concerned about the current situation and the way the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is handling it, when providing oxygen and medical support to the victims.

Embassies in India are struggling amid the pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image hangs on the streets of Kolkata ahead of the state election.

Ashok Swain, a professor of peace and conflict at Uppsala University in Sweden, said that in previous emergency situations, the Indian government had always prioritized diplomatic missions in New Delhi, by providing

`It is unimaginable that foreign embassies have to beg the public and the opposition for assistance with basic medical needs,` Swain said.

Many experts and analysts believe that Prime Minister Modi’s overconfidence and leadership style contributed to his defeat.

`Much of the responsibility lies with Modi’s style of governance,` said Asim Ali, a fellow at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi.

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