India is struggling to cope with a massive increase in CPP Virus (coronavirus) cases that have crippled the country. Twitter has agreed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to censor tweets critical of its response to the pandemic, BuzzFeed reported.
Modi and his government were facing mounting criticism for letting its guard down earlier this year when India’s case count dropped below 10,000 per day but failing to prepare for increased healthcare capacity.
On April 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of the states most affected by COVID-19 to ensure that the crisis is handled in a coordinated manner. On the same day, the country set a world record for the largest single-day increase in new cases since the outbreak started, with 332,730 cases reported.
Yesterday marked the fourth-straight day of record peaks with 349,691 cases. In the last month, daily cases have increased by eight times, and deaths have increased ten times.
The country of 1.3 billion people has recorded a total of 16.96 million infections and 192,311 coronavirus deaths after 2,767 more died overnight, health ministry data showed, the ABC reported.
Meanwhile, Indians could not access more than 50 tweets that seemed to criticize the administration’s handling of the pandemic after Twitter complied with the government’s order.
A state minister, an opposition member of the Indian Parliament, actors, an actress, two journalists, and other citizens’ posts were reportedly blocked.
One of the blocked tweets, written by West Bengal’s Minister of Labor and Law Moloy Ghatak, is as follows:
India will never forgive PM @narendramodi for underplaying the corona situation in the country and letting so many people die due to mismanagement.
At a time when India is going through a health crisis, PM chose to export millions of vaccine to other nations #ModiHataoDeshBachao pic.twitter.com/5sQRfT7kpB
— Moloy Ghatak (@GhatakMoloy) April 20, 2021
According to a Twitter spokeswoman, the company has the authority to “withhold access to the material in India only” if the content is “illegal in a specific jurisdiction.”
Twitter told users ahead of time that their posts would be blocked and clarified that the company responded to an order from the Indian government, BuzzFeed reported.
New Delhi has received funding from a range of countries. The US said that it would provide raw materials for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, and protective equipment for frontline workers, as soon as possible.
“We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government, and we will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India’s healthcare heroes,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Twitter.
Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said it offered to provide ventilators, oxygen supply kits, automated X-ray machines, personal protective equipment, and other assistance.
In the coming days, ventilators, oxygen supplies, and medications from the United Kingdom, France, and the European Union would arrive in India.