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Indian businessman converts office into coronavirus ward | India News

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An Indian businessman who recently recovered from coronavirus has converted his office premises into an 85-bed facility to provide free treatment to the poor.

With public hospitals struggling to cope amid an influx of patients, Kadar Shaikh spent 20 days in a private clinic last month in the western city of Surat – and was horrified by the bill.

“The cost of treatment at a private hospital was huge. How could poor people afford such treatment?” the property developer, told AFP news agency.

“So, I decided to do something and contribute in the fight against the deadly virus.”

Following his recovery, Shaikh secured approval from local authorities to convert his 30,000-square-feet (2,800-square-metre) office premises.

The government will provide and pay for the staff, medical equipment and medicine, while Shaikh has bought the beds and bears the cost of bed linens and electricity.

Anyone can be admitted, he said, regardless of “caste, creed or religion”.

The coronavirus pandemic is fast-rising in the world’s second-most populous nation, with the number of infections passing 1.5 million on Wednesday, just 12 days after reaching one million.

The South Asian nation, home to some of the world’s most crowded cities and where healthcare spending per capita is among the world’s lowest, has also recorded almost 35,000 related deaths. More than one million people have so far recovered.

Many experts, however, say India is not testing enough people, and that many coronavirus-linked deaths are not being recorded as such.

A study released on Tuesday that tested for coronavirus antibodies reported that some 57 percent of people in Mumbai’s densely-populated settlements have had the infection – far more than what official data suggests.

India now has the third-highest number of cases in the world behind the United States and Brazil, although the official number of deaths in the South Asian nation is far lower.

Even as the number of cases soars and more areas impose lockdowns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this week India was in a “better position than other countries” and winning international praise.



Source – www.aljazeera.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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