India Covid to May 2021. Source Worldometer

Bloomberg: More Government Will Save Us from Climate Change and Covid

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Bloomberg, the reason India is suffering their current Covid outbreak is they didn’t have enough government intervention.

Pandemic or Climate Change, Government Has a Crucial Role to Play

Poor countries can mitigate the impact of coming crises with good governance
By Akshat Rathi
4 May 2021, 20:40 GMT+10

I grew up in Maharashtra, which is one of the Indian states worst affected, and most of my family is still there. That’s made the last few weeks very hard. Every other day, there’s some grim news of a family friend or a relative falling victim to Covid-19 and no one can be sure how much devastation the current wave of infections will leave behind.

But a few things are already clear. The Indian government did not act on advice that its own scientific team provided in early March, according to a Reuters investigation. Instead the Bhartiya Janata Party, represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, organized political rallies in the state of West Bengal. It also allowed millions of Hindus to attend the weekslong Kumbh Mela religious festival. Even today, as countries from around the world have sent life-saving equipment and medicine, much of it appears to be sitting in the airport in New Delhi waiting to be distributed.

While limited resources and poor infrastructure are crippling India’s response at the peak of infections, better governance could have helped the country avoid the dire situation in the first place. “An individual can only go so far to protect themselves from something like Covid. People actually need to be supported by an enabling state,” says Rebecca Willis, a professor at the Lancaster Environment Centre. “The same is true for climate.”

The question of how much government intervention is needed frequently arises when it comes to tackling climate change. In some ways, the anti-lockdown and anti-masks protests are a variation on the same divide. “The big government/small government argument has been weaponized in politics, but it’s not very meaningful,” says Willis. Instead what you need is effective government or, as University College London economist Mariana Mazzucato puts it, mission-oriented government.

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Regarding Rathi’s suggestion that the government is not being supportive enough, it is worth noting some figures. Prime Minister Modi is considered a hardline fiscal conservative, yet during 2020 Modi allowed India’s debt to balloon from 74% of GDP to 90% of GDP. So it seems pretty harsh of the author to suggest that the Indian state has not been supportive enough, given that Modi has put at risk his entire legacy of economic reform, in an effort to help ordinary people afflicted with Covid.

Governments might have a magic money tree in author Akshat Rathi’s world, but back here in the real world extreme state debts and economic dysfunction have consequences, especially in poor countries. Just ask Venezuela.

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May 4, 2021 6:08 pm
Stephen W
Reply to  Devils_Tower
May 4, 2021 6:32 pm

Great link.
It seems from that Doctors report, that Ivermectin and Zinc as a treatment is better than a vaccine.

Also, amazing example of the negative consequences of government intervention.
“Since the Indian government had restricted the use of Remdesivir to only those patients who require oxygen support, the demand for the drug may have even led to more usage of oxygen in all these patients whether required or not. This may have led to an artificial shortage of oxygen.”

Despite Remdesivir shown to be not the best treatment, the upper class that demand it take up vital oxygen supplies just so they can get the drug.

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Devils_Tower
May 5, 2021 3:32 am

And here we are with the BBC, delivering yet more ‘Opium for the Masses’

Quote: “How India descended into Covid-19 chaos”
BBC Asia-India

No mention of a fatality rate in the UK in excess of 10 times that of India while UK spends three times as much (of GDP) on healthcare
(As per the comment from markl, below)

Would I be ‘Out-of-Order’ to point out ‘The Bleeding Obvious’
VIz, and just like Climate Science,why have Cause & Effect have been so badly mangled they’re lost in the noise?

Surely, a higher spend, either per capita or per GDP, reflects an unhealthier nation?
C’mon Surely Shirley, bang some heads together and point this out. ###

But how can you? The BBC, as in the article linked above, are Lying by Omission in their blatant promotion of a Doom & Gloom scenario and then going on to push Big Government and Big Spend as solutions

What is actually wrong here, why are the turkeys voting for Christmas at every opportunity?
It worries me greatly, they really are gonna do something so monstrously dumb before too long as to wipe this planet completely out

### Sorry, Colonial Cousins and your epic health spend – but at least your per capita fatality rate is lower than here in the UK (Lemme out, I want out of this Cuckoo Nest)

The US is a notable outlier in the graph here, what gives?

Quote (from the link above):On average, other wealthy countries spend about half as much per person on health than the U.S”
Whaddya reckon Shirley, are US folks getting Value For Money?

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Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 5, 2021 4:40 pm

Besides the USA tending to accurately report such figures; quality care requires medical staff, equipment and facilities be maintained.

I know several British families.
They come to the USA for things as minor as eyeglasses and for major operations.

Happy Birthday To Great Britain’s Increasingly Scandalous National Health Service”, e.g.:

Access to medical care is so poor in the NHS that the government was compelled to issue England’s 2010 “NHS Constitution” in which it was declared that no patient should wait beyond 18 weeks for treatment – four months – after GP referral. Defined as acceptable by bureaucrats who set them, such targets propagate the illusion of meeting quality standards despite seriously endangering their citizens”

“Cancer Treatment Delays Expose Problems In UK’s National Health Service”

According to research, patients who are diagnosed quickly and begin treatment within 62 days are far more likely to complete treatment with positive results — and England has a stated goal of ensuring that at least 85 percent of all patients referred to cancer specialists received their first treatments within that window.

However, that goal has not been met since December of 2015. Since 2014, the NHS has fallen short of that goal in all but three months”

From the Forbes article which is based upon the “2013 Staffordshire report”. A report that used to be available online, now disappeared.

Beyond even the shameful quality of care and the shockingly long waits for specialist appointments, essential tests, and life-saving treatments, perhaps the greatest deception of all is the continued reference to “free” health care for British citizens. The cost to patients and taxpayers is enormous. In the face of a 2014 NHS budget of £114 billion ($175 billion), Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has audaciously argued for no cuts, even though NHS spending has increased by 94 per cent in real terms between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 with its appalling results and lack of accountability, according to the June 2013 report from British think tank Reform.”

A comment that is after Forbes noted that, in 2014 terms, About six million Brits now buy private health insurance, including almost two-thirds of Brits earning more than $78,700.”

Costs that are unlikely to be included in the NHS cost per capita.

As well as “And does anyone wonder why Prince Philip recently chose to receive his medical care in the private London Clinic? Is it a mystery why Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen to deliver their royal baby and receive birth care at the private St. Mary’s Hospital? Isn’t it notable that more than 50,000 Britons travel out of the country per year and spend £161 million to receive medical care due to lack of access, even though they are hemorrhaging money for their national pride?”.

Costs on that chart are bogus. Mandated doctor salaries, mandated equipment prices, mandated hospital costs, mandated fees for procedures are typical government interference substituting cost accountability in place of best practices, best equipment, best facilities.

There is nothing that government can not ruin.

Steve Case
May 4, 2021 6:09 pm

We are all going to be wearing masks until November 2022.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Steve Case
May 4, 2021 7:23 pm

I’m in Texas right now. Haven’t worn a mask in a week. And I couldn’t find one if I tried to wear one. Only the poor store workers told by their flaccid, woke coporate management to wear a mask will you see anyone wearing one here.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 5, 2021 10:43 am

“I’m in Texas right now. Haven’t worn a mask in a week.”

You must all be dead in Texas by now!

Reply to  Steve Case
May 4, 2021 8:39 pm

I live in CA … and we’ll be wearing masks FOREVER. Because it’s a symbol of obedience to The State … and all the mask Karen’s on NextDoor. I suspect I will finally move OUT of this dystopian nightmare before the mask mandate is dropped.

Ron Long
Reply to  Kenji
May 5, 2021 3:46 am

Had enough of that “mission-oriented government”, have you Kenji? Join the exodus from blue to red and enjoy the Protect and Serve environment.

Jeff Meyer
Reply to  Ron Long
May 5, 2021 6:37 am

No please! They will just ruin that state….

Reply to  Jeff Meyer
May 5, 2021 4:48 pm

I hear Massachusetts or New York is a good place for emigrating Californians. Michigan is looking better and better too, so long as they move to Detroit or Chicago.

Reply to  Ron Long
May 5, 2021 8:05 am

Seems the latest census number show a migration from blue to red.
Wonder how that works.

Reply to  Kenji
May 5, 2021 9:26 pm

Kaitlyn will have us take off the masks.

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Steve Case
May 4, 2021 11:27 pm

I live in Sweden.
I have never in my whole 70 years life worn a mask, except for an ABC mask in the navy during an exercise.
One out of 500 wears a mask here and most of those are tourists.

On the Danish Faeroe Islands they say we are idiots in Denmark and elsewhere. From the very start of this plandemy the Faerings told their government that, if they as much as tried to invoke measures against the people, they would be headless. They have the worlds oldest modern-history democracy, they do not want to loose it.

Belarus is still a free country, their president never took the $80 million bribe from EU to go for the tyranny. They go to concerts they live a human proud life and earn a living.

Tanzania’s president, along with four other African leaders, lost their life during the last year, because they never fell for the plandemy.

In Isle of Man they decided to go back to a totally human life and enjoy being humans.

You are welcome to Iceland where there are no restrictions, other than those they have had for the last 50 years. Like you must not steal, etc.

Meanwhile the lemmings of the rest of the world are marching in submission into the arms of the New World worship their new leader Klaus Schwab.

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Reply to  Steve Case
May 5, 2021 5:47 am

I find those masks very beneficial when I’m cleaning the cat boxes, so I’m keeping mine. Silicosis from even high-end dust-free cat litter is very real and very possible, and I have no desire to inhale that stuff.
I won’t wear one when I’m out photographing wildflowers and geese and ducks, however, They give you an odd look, then look at each other and shake their heads. I’m waiting for another panic-stricken news story about bird flu to crop up, too.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Sara
May 5, 2021 10:22 am

My daughter’s friend got bird flu working on an organic farm tending chickens. It wasn’t life threatening but had implications on parts of her life.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Steve Case
May 5, 2021 3:10 pm

We are all going to be wearing masks until November 2022.

Just like security at airports, we’re all going to be wearing masks at airports and on flights forever. No end.

The trick is to have an open bottle of water, and sip from it every few minutes. Then you are allowed to not wear a mask. Apparently, the magic virus Covid 19 cannot be transmitted when you are drinking or eating…

Stephen W
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
May 5, 2021 4:00 pm

I have a Yeti coffee cup, that I buy a coffee at the airport terminal.
And it stays hot enough to only take small sips for the duration of the flight.
I carry it around the airport terminal mask free, wear the mask to board the plane, then as soon as I’m seated rip the mask off and continue to slowly sip.
I wonder how the people around me are able to continue wearing their masks when clearly there’s a better way.

May 4, 2021 6:10 pm

Less government would save us from Bloomberg!

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  marlene
May 4, 2021 7:24 pm

Anthony would ban me if I said what would save us from Bloomberg’s ilk.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 4, 2021 7:37 pm

Does it rhyme with mazooka?

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 5, 2021 5:50 am

Bloomberg is a control freak with Short Man Syndrome. He’s shorter than I am. That should tell you something. 🙂

His “opinions” are worthless brain cramps from him. The best thing to do is turn the sound down and say things that go with the way he wiggles his bloodless lips.

Man, I am REALLY in a foul mood this morning! Sorry about that…. moving on.

Reply to  marlene
May 4, 2021 8:41 pm

Didn’t Bloomberg get humiliated ENOUGH when he last tried to get elected? Doesn’t he know that most people loathe him?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Kenji
May 4, 2021 9:05 pm

His PAC money bought at least 8 Congressional seats for Democrats in 2018’s close elections. George Soros’ campaign money buys and has bought the ring-kissing fealty of many DA’s and State AG’s across the 50 states today.
Those liberal retard billionaires really do hate America’s exceptionalism and middle class. They despise you and me.

Richard (the cynical one)
Reply to  marlene
May 4, 2021 8:49 pm

And who will save us from government?

Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
May 5, 2021 4:58 pm

Look in the mirror.

May 4, 2021 6:11 pm

Based on current cases and vaccination rates what is the likelihood I catch COVID in India, USA or Europe?

Reply to  Waza
May 5, 2021 7:33 am

Because of rampant under reporting, the case rate in India could be as much as 10 times higher than the official figures.
Facebook is working with the Indian government to actively censor any criticism of the Indian government’s handling of COVID.

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Reply to  MarkW
May 5, 2021 5:07 pm

As compared to rampant over-reporting in the USA?

  • Failed parachute skydiver? Died from COVID.
  • Gunshot victim? Death by 9mm COVID.
  • Overdose of fentanyl? Death by COVID and Policeman’s knee that wasn’t near his larynx.
  • Influenza victims? All died from COVID (diagnosed by symptoms).
  • Pneumonia victims? All died from COVID (diagnosed by symptoms).

False positives, diagnosis by symptoms, DNA evidence of coronavirus, no matter what variety all determine that the patient died from COVID in spite of what actually caused the mortality.

Reply to  ATheoK
May 6, 2021 6:22 am

I know someone whose brother-in-law died in a car crash and it was listed as a covid death.

Danley Wolfe
May 4, 2021 6:14 pm

Why is this on WUWT climate blog?????

J Mac
Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 4, 2021 6:22 pm

WUWT does no exclusively focus on climate change. It does embrace a wide range of science topics.

John Dueker
Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 4, 2021 6:25 pm

It’s a stretch but the similarity in big government will save us from (fill in the blank). Is the same fallacy for anthropogenic climate change even if it was true, which it’s not.

I was only in India once but given the population density I saw and the problematic water supply nothing was going to stop Covid there. My sympathies.

Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 4, 2021 6:30 pm

The politicisation of COVID is similar to the politicisation of Climate Change on so many levels.
I wish to add that I am very impressed how WUWT readers with different points of views are able to debate the science of COVID in a respectable way

Reply to  waza
May 4, 2021 10:32 pm

Good comments waza.
My next update of this paper will be published soon. Note the close link between the twin frauds of Climate and Covid – as you have observed. Download update 1d here:

By Allan M.R. MacRae, May 4, 2021 UPDATE 1e
This treatise was originally sent to Canadian and American politicians and the media in March 2021. Most of them won’t understand it, because they have no scientific competence and have been utterly duped – programmed for decades by false climate scares and green energy frauds.

This update was written in May 2021 to report even more global cooling as measured by satellites and new harsh cold events, particularly in Europe and North America that have severely harmed early crops. Harsh cold events have struck all countries in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.


We published in 2002 that there was NO catastrophic human-made global warming /climate change crisis, and green energy schemes were NOT green and produced little useful (dispatchable) energy. Dangerous global warming and climate change have NOT HAPPENED and green energy schemes have proved to be COSTLY, UNRELIABLE AND INEFFECTIVE.

Global warming is NOT a threat, but global cooling IS dangerous to humanity and the environment. In 2002 we predicted that natural global cooling would start circa 2020, based on low solar activity, and that prediction is strongly supported by recent evidence.
Politicians foolishly believed scary global warming falsehoods and brewed the perfect storm, crippling our energy systems with costly and unreliable green energy schemes that utterly fail due to intermittency, at a time when we need more cheap, reliable, dispatchable energy due to increased energy demand and imminent global cooling. The people of Australia, Britain, Germany, California, Texas and elsewhere have all suffered due to GREEN ENERGY FAILURES THAT WERE PREDICTABLE AND WERE PREDICTED.
We published in March 2020 that there was no justification for the Covid-19 lockdown, and that it would cause great and needless harm. The Covid-19 lockdown is now estimated to have caused 10-to-100-times the damage of the Covid-19 illness, in terms of increased harm to individuals, families and the economies they depend on.
The same leftist groups concocted and promoted the global warming fraud and the Covid-19 lockdown scam, for political and financial gain. Then these groups linked the two frauds, stating “to solve Covid-19 we have to solve Climate Change” – utterly false and foolish, not even plausible enough to be specious. Then these same groups proposed their Final Solution, the “Great Reset”, a Chinese Communist Party style dictatorship, a centrally-controlled economy where we live like poor slaves, lorded over by our wealthy political masters.
The tragic reality is that the twin frauds of Climate-and-Covid have been accepted by most politicians. Some have covertly or overtly embraced extreme-left politics, and others are so simple-minded and gullible that they believe any falsehood that is repeated often enough. We are governed by scoundrels and imbeciles.

Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 4, 2021 6:35 pm

It covers whatever Watts thinks interesting and appropriate, from astronomy to nutrition.

Granum Salis
Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 4, 2021 9:36 pm

Well, why don’t you ask and answer for yourself questions such as these;
“Why is there such a thing as WUWT?”

“Why do I come to WUWT?”

My answer to the first question would be that, around 2 decades ago, a whole bunch of activists, zealots and politicians got up in the face of Joe Citizen and started shrieking about “global warming”. Amongst the people that didn’t like that much was a meteorologist called Anthony Watts. He started a blog, which became popular with a whole bunch of non-activists, non- zealots etc…
Then, in year 2021, some dude called Danley thought he could do better by whining plaintively.
It is yet to be seen how that will turn out.

Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 5, 2021 12:34 am

“Why is this on WUWT climate blog?????”

Because WUWT is not a one trick pony.

But there’s also a clue in the headline … see if you can find it !!

“Bloomberg: More Government Will Save Us from Climate Change and Covid”

Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 5, 2021 5:02 am


“An individual can only go so far to protect themselves from something like Covid. People actually need to be supported by an enabling state,” says Rebecca Willis, a professor at the Lancaster Environment Centre. The same is true for climate.

Can you see how They started it?
P.S. Does this not fit too perfectly with another post here today?

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May 4, 2021 6:18 pm

I have seen reports that there are definite state-to-state differences in COVID rates in India, even more so than in the US. And the same sort of political tropes, where the opposition party governing a state blames the federal government for their own local failure.

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 4, 2021 6:27 pm

If India has the same Covid Death rates as NYC, we should expect over 5 millions deaths in the next 6 months, yet India is in crisis and Warren Wilhelm and Cuomo are hero’s. Virus’s designed in lab to destroy human lung tissue, do what they do.

If less that 4 million Indians die, Modi should be a hero, write a book and go on CNN congratulating himself.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  UNGN
May 4, 2021 6:57 pm

Death rate 1/10
I’m sure that is under reported but not by factor of 10

Reply to  Pat from kerbob
May 4, 2021 11:55 pm

Yes, it is curious that the population of India is never mentioned. It is 20 times greater than the UK. Let us hope the outbreak is brought under control but as yet the rates of infection and death are not exceptional-lets hope it stays that way


Timo, not that one
Reply to  tonyb
May 5, 2021 5:21 am

It was under control. Then they banned Ivermectin.

John Dilks
Reply to  Timo, not that one
May 7, 2021 12:47 pm

If true, that was a very stupid thing to do.

Reply to  tonyb
May 5, 2021 10:48 am

Population is never mentioned when they want to scare people. Big raw numbers are far more panic-inducing. You saw the same last year with the US vs. the rest of the world – raw numbers, instead of accounting for the fact that the US has a MUCH larger population than the places it was being compared to.

Can’t use per capita, not scary enough.

Reply to  Pat from kerbob
May 5, 2021 7:45 am

I’ve heard the 1/10 figure from several sources.
There are two big problems.
The central government is actively trying to hide the extent of the crisis.
In rural areas, when someone dies, they just cremate them and move on. They don’t report the deaths to the government.

Reply to  MarkW
May 6, 2021 8:48 am

That is not true. Delays, yes, but the British administrative system that continued after independence continued. Village ‘council’ reports births and deaths to the District Commissioner. Under the current circumstances this will still operate.

The inaccuracies in the system are for cause of death. Inconvenient deaths get reported as ‘snake bite’. So someone bashes his wife too hard or someone dies in a fight or a rape victim dies, you do not want the police crawling around.

I grew up there and got to see the last small pox epidemic when I was 15. Even for a disease that was believed to be a visitation of the god, numbers reported were probably pretty accurate.

May 4, 2021 6:21 pm

I feel most people know enough to protect themselves. At the very least an individual can greatly reduce their risk of getting Covid by following common sense.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Stevek
May 5, 2021 3:10 am

At the very least an individual can greatly reduce their risk of getting Global Warming Fever by following common sense.

May 4, 2021 6:47 pm

–Bloomberg: More Government Will Save Us from Climate Change and Covid
According to Bloomberg, the reason India is suffering their current Covid outbreak is they didn’t have enough government intervention.–

Why didn’t Bloomberg blame it on India’s high yearly average temperature?
India’s yearly average has been over 25 C
Whereas New York State’s highest yearly temperature is only been a bit over 10 C.

May 4, 2021 7:22 pm

Some proper perspective is needed with India’s current #19 numbers. Currently India is at about 165 deaths/million. That is extremely low but sure to rise. For comparison …… Hungary is at 2860 deaths/million, UK at 1900/M, US at 1752/M. What is different is the number of confirmed cases and that may be due to expanded testing …. or not since they say it is higher in rural areas without medical facilities. Not trying to say anything other than India is far from the catastrophe being touted by the news.

Izaak Walton
May 4, 2021 7:27 pm

The US and UK government have been printing trillions of dollars since the financial crisis of 2008 and in 2020 that increased dramatically. They certainly have a magic money tree but only for the rich since that money gets given to large banks.

India’s issue’s stem from decades of under-investment in health. They have spent less than 1% of their GDP on health which is significantly less than most developed countries. Modi also bears a portion of the blame for allowing mass gatherings at political and religious events but the main issue goes back decades.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 4, 2021 10:29 pm

The first statement is just plain wrong as anyone who has had a mortgage can tell you. Heath care would also pay for itself in terms of more years of productive life. In addition India has lots of money to spare — just look at all the cash being splashed around in the IPL. What it doesn’t have is a functioning government that is able to properly collect taxes and allocate resources accordingly.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 5, 2021 5:22 am

Izaak, Izaak, Izaak.
1) Spending trillions on what, exactly?
2)For the US’ “investment in health”, did they get their money’s worth?
2.1) Life expectancy India, 1950-2020 = 33y-70y -ish?
2.2) Life expectancy US 1950-2021 = 67y – 78y- ish.
2.3) Except for superior increase in performance, since your vaunted 2008 “investment spree”, Idia went from 65y to 70y. The US managed to add exactly 0,9 years, with 0,09years since 2014.
3) “…more years of productive life…” Last I saw, getting old was a sin according to the gospel of Gang Green.
4) The YankenFrEnlish have produced a couple of million doses of your untested, unapproved genome manipulators masquerading as vaccines that are of such low quality, they don’t even pass Antoninchrist Frauci’s standards, and the Investor wants his money, so your government is putting India and Africa under pressure to take the dreck off their hands.
5) This means the awful reports of a crisis in India is propaganda paid for by Pharmafia and promoted by the kakastocracy, hoping to agitate the Indian world population into shaming Modi to buy Biden’s rejects.
Stop lending your ears out.

Reply to  paranoid goy
May 5, 2021 7:49 am

Izaak is a lot like Bloomberg, he actually believes that money spent by government is magical.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 5, 2021 7:49 am

Once again Izaak demonstrates that in his mind, propaganda beats facts. Every time.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 5, 2021 10:33 am

But Izzy, Bidet and his commie friends are paying people not to work. How is that adding more years to productive life? Where I live every business has a help wanted sign out and there are restaurants that can only serve pick-up because they don’t have the staff to offer dine-in service.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 5, 2021 7:48 am

I love how leftists actually believe depositing money in banks is the same as giving it to rich people.

Then again, leftists go out of their way to avoid knowing anything true about economics.

May 4, 2021 8:58 pm

As of May 4, total USA deaths per million, 1751, India total deaths per million, 160 ( Level of stupid, senseless fear mongering, immeasurable. Even if India took all the same pointless measures instituted by the vassals states of Big Pharma, they could realistically expect deaths to get ten times worse than they are now . Fortunately summer is coming and India will have some breathing space to implement more of the many effective prophylactic measures that have been denied the subservient West. If only we were doing as well as India.

Timo, not that one
Reply to  BCBill
May 5, 2021 5:16 am

Maybe they can go back to using Ivermectin. It kept India almost completely WuFlu free, up until they ended it in favour of the experimental gene therapy. I wonder who got paid off to do that?

May 4, 2021 10:47 pm

Another expat writes non-sense about his birth country from far abroad….

Vincent Causey
May 4, 2021 11:36 pm

It is worth remembering that at 1.4 billion, India’s population is 20 times that of the UK, and yet the Covid-19 deaths are currently at 2 times. This gives UK deaths per million of 1,871 while “devastated” India has only 163.

Even in the UK, as it turns out, I know a lot of elderly people, and not one has “succumbed” to the virus, whereas the article above seems to imply that people are dropping all over the place. This obviously is complete nonsense. Politics and propaganda has taken over with even more gusto than in the field of climate change.

Climate believer
May 4, 2021 11:54 pm

A reminder of this great piece of wisdom from a very wise man:

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”- Thomas Jefferson 1788.

History has not proven him wrong.

Patrick MJD
May 5, 2021 12:40 am

Notice how it is just “COVID” now, not COVID-19? So we will see COVID-xx soon.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 5, 2021 5:30 am

Notice how it is just “COVID” now,

Do you remember how long it took Them to settle on “covid 19”? Do not understand me wrong, I ain’t no text thumper, but I am making a video on Tetragrammaton (as a satyrical “Prime Conspiracy”) and the very name “covid19”, in pronunciation, fulfills the criteria to qualify as a name of God. On level with Jeshua, which apparently is Jesus’ real name.
I promise, that movie is coming, don’t ask now.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 5, 2021 7:51 am

People are lazy. All names tend to shorten over time.

May 5, 2021 3:32 am

oh moar govt thats the go!
so govt halted/impeded Ivermectin Hcq in a land of parasites n malaria
then donated goods were held back for CUSTOMS fees etc I have heard reported from people there
and then the endless bureaucracy wanted to do lots of paperwork to get their payola to allow it distribution
LESS govt more people getting it where its required might be bloody useful

May 5, 2021 6:15 am

To be fair, the article promotes “better governance” and “effective government”. To me, that doesn’t mean bigger is better. But I am not that naive – I know they mean more, more, more.

May 5, 2021 6:44 am

They need the warning label of CCNow.

May 5, 2021 7:26 am

It’s difficult to sort through the propaganda and panic mongering – can anyone point me to some more objective sources to understand what’s going on? They’ve got an outbreak, lots of cases, what about fatalities?
Also I can’t believe that one event is solely responsible, so what else might be contributing?

May 5, 2021 7:26 am

With liberals, no matter what the problem. The answer is always more government.

Reply to  MarkW
May 5, 2021 10:52 am

We need more government to save us from more government…

Steve Z
May 5, 2021 8:32 am

In the USA, the highest weekly average COVID-19 new cases reached about 257,000 per day on January 9, 2021, which is about 0.078% of the USA population, estimated at 330 million.

According to the graph in the article, the daily new cases reached a peak of about 400,000 per day sometime in April, and is now dropping. This represents less than 0.030% of India’s estimated population of 1,350 million (in 2018).

On a per capita basis, the spread of the disease in India isn’t even half as bad now as it was in the USA last January. This in a country with a much higher population density (1,178 people per square mile) than the USA (87 people per square mile).

If Bloomberg is pushing government intervention, why is it that the states with the harshest lockdowns (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California) have the highest COVID-19 death rates per capita, much higher than “open” Florida and Texas?

Speaking of government intervention, then-President Trump sent a Navy hospital ship to New York Harbor and had the Army Corps of Engineers build makeshift hospitals in New York City. But Governor Cuomo didn’t use them, and instead sent Covid patients to nursing homes to infect the elderly. Government intervention can be helpful, but not if it’s stuck on stupid.

Paul Penrose
May 5, 2021 9:34 am

The natural course of things is for government to grow and liberty to yield. And most people don’t seem to care until they come for your liberty.

Reply to  Paul Penrose
May 5, 2021 10:32 am

You’d be amazed how many people have been convinced that other people don’t have any rights. Especially if they are the wrong skin color, gender, political persuasion, etc.

May 6, 2021 3:35 am

Bloomberg, please post all incidents when “more government” has saved us from anything?

May 8, 2021 11:48 am

When the Country Is Broke: It is about Canada and the consequences of going broke but is relevant anywhere.

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