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A veteran public health expert warned top Indian officials in early March that a new variant of the coronavirus was spreading quickly in a rural district in the heart of the country and that the outbreak required urgent attention.
Reuters has the story:
Federal health authorities failed to respond adequately to that warning, Dr Subhash Salunke, who has 30 years of experience in public health in India, Indonesia and the US, said.
The variant’s first impact was detected in the Amravati district of the western state of Maharashtra, where health authorities recorded a rapid increase in coronavirus infections in early February, even as cases fell elsewhere in India.
A huge red banner welcomed more than 11,000 students in Wuhan for a massive graduation ceremony over a year after the city was hit by the first global outbreak of Covid-19.
AFP has the story:
Students in navy gowns and mortarboards sat in crowded rows, without social distancing or face masks, beneath the sign that read: “Welcoming the graduates of 2020 back home. We wish you all a great future.”
The city held limited graduation ceremonies last year, with Wuhan University hosting a mostly-online event in June last year, with the students and teachers who did attend all in masks.
LOOK: Nearly 9,000 graduates, including more than 2,000 students who couldn’t attend the graduation ceremony last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attended a graduation ceremony at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China.
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