In this week’s show, we looked at the world’s second most populous country, India. Currently, it has the fourth-highest number of Covid-19 cases globally, and the highest number in Asia.
India, home to 1.3 billion people, is currently undergoing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.
In late March, we spoke to Professor Keiji Fukuda, Director of the School of Public Health in the University of Hong Kong and former Assistant Director-General for Health Security at the World Health Organization.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been criticised for its slowness in declaring the coronavirus to be a global pandemic, and for defending China’s handling of the epidemic.
A few places have seemed to have things more under control though. One of them is Taiwan.
Since January 23rd, the city of Wuhan has been under lockdown. 11 million people have been subjected to unprecedented quarantine restrictions for more than a month.
As public discontent has grown, the state has clamped down and restricted communications in social media. Authorities have silenced critics and arrested citizen journalists, including Fang Bin , Chen Qiushi and Li Zehua.
Not everyone is willing to stay silent though. We spoke to some locals who have experienced heartbreaks, but determined to fight the battle.