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COVID-19 third wave in India? Experts urge everyone to follow appropriate behaviour

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The number of COVID-19 cases across India is on a steady decline over the past few months, as the second wave of the pandemic has finally subsided. People have now returned to their normal lives, for the most part, trying to resume their pre-COVID lives.

Even though many states are reported a marginal number of COVID-19 cases, the wedding season in India can trigger the third wave if proper precautions and COVID-19 appropriate behavior are not followed by the people, as per experts.

Dr Naveet Wig, Chairperson of COVID Task Force in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has said that the present situation in India resembles the time before the second wave of COVID-19, and thus everyone should remain extra careful of their surroundings.

As quoted by ANI, Dr Wig said, “Looking around us, the feeling one gets is that we have overcome COVID-19 pandemic and the public at large has lowered the guard. It resembles the situation before the second wave hit India.”

The doctor further added, “The past one and half years of COVID have taught us a lot, the most important of which is not to underestimate the possibility of a new wave. It is important to keep up our guard as the next wave may be lurking around the corner.”

Dr Wig also talked about the resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe and how authorities are now forced to go back to strict measures and lockdowns in certain areas, which seemed unlikely when the second wave of the pandemic subsided.

Dr Shuchin Bajaj, founder, and director of Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals observed that the reason why the deadly second wave hit India was that people had become lax and had stopped taking proper precautions, leading to a tragically high death toll.

While talking to ANI, Dr Bajaj said, “Festive and wedding seasons are the times when we need to adhere to the Covid guidelines. Our negligence can lead to a grave situation. We have already seen how our ignorance towards following the Covid-19 guidelines had led to the deadly second wave.

“So, in the times of celebration too, we need to follow the Covid appropriate behaviours including social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands to avoid the emergence of the third wave. Fully vaccinated people should also follow the guidelines diligently,” he added.

Dr Parinita Kaur, the internal medicine doctor at Aakash Healthcare super specialty hospital, said, “A large number of people attend gatherings like weddings. So if gatherings happen, not only maximum people will be travelling from one city or state to another but also from one country to another.”

Warning the likelihood of a spike in COVID-19 infections, Dr Kaur said, “This will cause an inflow of people from other parts of the world and the infection might spread in such scenario. Be it flu, COVID or any other infection, the number of cases increases on exposure to infected people. The same happened earlier with swine flu. The infection was spread because of gatherings like weddings.”

“The same has not been observed after Diwali this year but it doesn’t mean that we lower our guards. If we are attending a wedding function, we have to follow COVID guidelines like wearing masks and using sanitiser so that we do not expose ourselves to the infection,” she added, urging people to follow all the required precautions.

(With ANI inputs)

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President Joe Biden touts bipartisan infrastructure plan at DCTC in Rosemount | Apple Valley

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U.S. President Joe Biden made one stop in Minnesota Tuesday to speak at an invitation-only audience at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount.

Biden touted details of the recent bipartisan Build Back Better bill that passed both houses of Congress and is designed to offer states federal funding that will lead to better jobs, educational training, and infrastructure funds to build roads, bridges and invest in broadband internet for rural areas.

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Donald Trump Resurfaces Ilhan Omar Conspiracy Theory, Says She ‘Abandoned’ Her Country

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Former President Donald Trump has accused Representative Ilhan Omar of “abandoning her former country,” while repeating an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory about the congresswoman.

Omar arrived in the U.S. in 1995 as a 12-year-old refugee from Somalia and became an American citizen five years later. Trump lashed out at Omar in a statement issued on Tuesday. Trump’s remarks came amid a firestorm of controversy surrounding anti-Muslim comments about the Minnesota Democrat from Representative Lauren Boebert, a staunch supporter of the former president.

“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, wishing death to Israel, and for essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government,” Trump said. “Exactly what she’d like to see for the United States!”

A conspiracy theory claiming that Omar secretly married her brother in order to help him establish U.S. residency has been repeated often by figures on the right including Trump. Although the claim would amount to immigration fraud if it were true, there is no credible evidence that proves the conspiracy. The theory posits that Omar’s ex-husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a U.K. citizen, was actually her brother.

In addition to a lack of evidence to substantiate the claim, Omar and her confirmed siblings became U.S. citizens. A theoretical additional sibling could have applied for permanent residency on the basis that they were the sibling of a citizen, rather than resorting to fraud. The congresswoman has called the allegations “absurd and offensive.”

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Former President Donald Trump issued a statement attacking Representative Ilhan Omar on Tuesday for “abandoning her country.” Trump is pictured here during a rally in Perry, Georgia, on September 25, 2021.
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In remarks similar to his statement on Tuesday, Trump said that Omar “came in here and married her brother or something” during an October 2020 campaign stop in Florida, while also asserting that she “from a place that doesn’t even have a government.”

Trump tweeted in July 2019 that Omar and the other progressive lawmakers collectively known as “the Squad” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” despite the fact that Omar is the only foreign-born member of the group.

Boebert recently received backlash for calling Omar a member of the “Jihad Squad” on the House floor. The Colorado Republican attracted further criticism after suggesting that a Capitol police officer could rest easy around Omar because she was not carrying “a backpack,” a remark that Omar said was an attempt to label her a “suicide bomber.”

Boebert issued a tweet apologizing “to anyone in the Muslim community I offended” while insisting that criticism of her remarks was an “unnecessary reaction. ” She later called Omar, ostensibly to apologize over the phone. Omar said that Boebert did not apologize during the call but “refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comment” and “doubled down on her rhetoric.” Omar ended the call by hanging up.

Although most Republican members of Congress have remained silent about Boebert, some have backed her up. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Omar as a “Jihad Squad” member following the controversy, while Representative Madison Cawthorn of South Carolina maintained that criticism of Boebert’s remarks were unfair attempts to get her “canceled.”

A few Republicans have also rebuked Boebert and her comments about Omar. South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace told CNN that she condemned the comments on Sunday and Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois recently tweeted that Boebert was “TRASH.”

Newsweek reached out to Representative Omar’s office for comment.

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