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Coronavirus: ‘Spain Has Existential Fear It’s The Next Apocalyptic Italy’

NEW DELHI: Imran Garda, host of ‘The Newsmakers’ on TRT World speaks to StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi on Spain having the world’s second-highest number of people killed by the Coronavirus after Italy and why the health minister says there’s a ‘glimmer of hope. The journalist addresses the issues of whether Spain was too relaxed initially— allowing a major outdoor march and fans to travel for the Valencia-Atalanta UEFA Champions League tie (which was eventually played in a closed stadium), 20 per cent of Spain’s population being over 60 years old, why a world-class healthcare system is overstretched with over 700 people dying every day in some regions, the problems of coordination between Madrid and 17 autonomous regions and the inability to switch to emergency medical equipment in sufficient numbers in the war against Covid-19. Imran Garda also outlines how Turkey reported the first positive case relatively later but why the hope is that a lockdown will help flatten the curve faster.

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Imran Garda has worked with Al Jazeera and AJ+. His debut novel ‘The Thunder That Roars’ was awarded the 2015 Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose.

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The 'Eye' of the story not the 'I' of the story. That's Amitabh Pashupati Revi's credo from the beginning of his professional journey in 1995. From conflicts in the war zones of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq to nuances of international politics in the Maldives,Thailand, and South Sudan, Amitabh has reported from all the world's continents, except for Antarctica(so far). Though, he has documented the world's third pole, the Siachen Glacier!
Amitabh reports and produces documentaries on the two-front China-Pakistan threat to India. His ground reports from Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh have received viewership in the hundreds of thousands. Amitabh has interviewed world leaders, top global analysts, and experts in India, Russia, the United States, and Australia as well. Along the way, he’s picked up the Russian language, the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on the 'Islamic State' terrorist group in Iraq, the Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria, and the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship. Last but not least, as a founder member of StratNews Global, Amitabh helps lead the reporting, editorial, production, and administration teams at StratNews Global, BharatShakti, and InterStellar on their journey ahead.