According to data released by the Indian Ministry of Health on the 5th, about 103,500 new cases of new coronary pneumonia were newly confirmed in the country on the 4th. This is India’s largest single-day increase since the outbreak, and it also makes it the second country after the United States to have more than 100,000 new cases in a single day.
In early September last year, the number of new confirmed cases in a single day in India fell steadily after reaching a peak of more than 90,000 cases, and once fell below 10,000 in February this year. However, since March, the confirmed cases have suddenly rebounded. The Hindu reported on the 5th that the current situation of epidemic prevention and control in India is not optimistic. Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and other local states have clearly seen a second wave of epidemics, and a new round of epidemics has occurred. The growth rate of confirmed cases is faster than before. Indian epidemiologist Babu believes that the decline in human antibody immunity, lax epidemic prevention measures, and potential super spreaders may be the three major causes of the current tension.
To this end, Indian Prime Minister Modi urgently presided over a special meeting to deal with the current epidemic on the 4th. According to a report from The Times of India on the 5th, Modi discussed issues related to the fight against the epidemic, such as vaccination, a surge in cases, public health infrastructure, logistics support, and vaccine production capacity. He called on all localities to seriously implement epidemic prevention measures such as testing, tracking, treatment, personal protection, and vaccination.
According to the report, Maharashtra has the most confirmed cases in the past two weeks, accounting for 57% and 47% of the country’s confirmed cases and deaths during the same period. The state’s new confirmed cases exceeded 57,000 on the 4th. Modi decided to send a special working group composed of health experts and clinicians to the state to guide the local epidemic prevention and anti-epidemic work. In addition, the Maharashtra state government has ordered that starting from the 5th, a curfew will be imposed from 20 am to 7 am from Monday to Friday; Saturdays and Sundays will be blocked throughout the day; gatherings of more than 5 people are not allowed; Restaurants are not allowed to provide in-store dining services and only allow take-out; public venues such as cinemas and theaters will be closed until April 30.
India started the new crown vaccination on January 16. More than 79 million people have been vaccinated nationwide. The Hindu newspaper quoted an anonymous government official on the 5th as saying that in response to the current severe epidemic, the “Satellite-V” new crown vaccine produced by Russia may be authorized by the Indian government for emergency use within 10 days.
Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister Safadi announced on the 4th that Jordan had defeated a prince Hamza bin Hussein and others involved in activities that endangered national security in connection with foreign forces. Earlier, Hamza said he was under house arrest.
According to a report in the “Jordan Times” on the 4th, Safadi held a press conference in Amman that day to report on rumors of Hamza’s arrest and preliminary investigations into the activities of Hamza and others endangering national security. He said that the Jordanian security agency launched a comprehensive joint investigation operation and found that Hamza and others were linked with foreign forces such as the so-called “external opposition” in an attempt to use relevant personnel to spread false information, instigate the people, and carry out harm to the national security and stability of Jordan activity. Hamza himself also kept in touch with Jordanian people in an attempt to mobilize them to participate in his activities. Safadi also said that according to the information intercepted by the Jordanian intelligence service, external forces even contacted Hamza’s wife and proposed to prepare a plane for the Hamzas to leave Jordan.
According to reports, Hamza is 41 years old, the son of the late King Hussein of Jordan and his fourth wife, Queen Nur, and the half-brother of the current King Abdullah II. Abdullah II appointed Hamza as the crown prince in February 1999 and decided to depose his crown prince in November 2004.
According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the 5th, Hamza sent a video to the media through a lawyer on the 4th. In the video, Hamza said that he was under house arrest and was told to stay at home and not to contact anyone. Hamza denied any wrongdoing or participating in any conspiracy. He also accused the Jordanian leader of corruption and incompetence in the video. In another audio file released by the Jordanian opposition on the 5th, Hamza stated that he would “not obey the order prohibiting communication with the outside world.” The Jordanian armed forces issued a statement on the 3rd denying the rumors of the arrest of Hamza. , But said Hamza was asked to stop activities aimed at national security and stability.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces, Yusuf Huneti, said in a statement on the 4th that the warning to Prince Hamza is part of an ongoing broader security investigation. In this action, more than ten people including Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the Jordanian royal family, and Basim Avadala, who served as minister of finance and planning, have been arrested.
Many countries expressed their support for the King of Jordan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed called Abdullah II on the 4th, saying that he would fully support the latter “all decisions and measures to maintain security and stability.” In addition, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council also expressed their support for Abdullah II. The United States, Jordan’s largest Western ally, also expressed its support for the Jordanian royal family. US State Department spokesperson Price said in a statement on the 4th: “King Abdullah is an important partner of the United States, and he has our full support.”