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Evanescence lead vocalist Amy Lee: Strange not knowing when we can go back to work

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New Delhi, May 3 : Amy Lee, lead vocalist and co-founder of the popular American rock band Evanescence, is anxious about the uncertain future amid the coronavirus lockdown. She finds it “very strange not knowing when we can really see our friends again or go back to work”. She is also having a tough time explain the altered reality to her son.

Asked if the uncertainty about the future makes her anxious, Lee in an exclusive interview to IANS, said: “It does make me anxious. It’s very strange not knowing when we can really see our friends again or go back to work and school and it’s hard to explain it to my 5 year old. I’ve been reminiscing about my own childhood and we’ve been having fun watching all my favourite shows and movies from when I was a kid (like) ‘Fraggle Rock, ‘The Brave Little Toaster’.”

Lee feels music is “therapeutic”, and is essential during the ongoing health crisis.

“Well it’s been very therapeutic for me personally to make music, to be in love with music. I really need music during this time. I don’t think I’m alone. I need to feel touched by something and part of something and like something is alive today that wasn’t yesterday. And it makes us all really happy to see the fans excited for new music, to celebrate the same song together. To me this seems like a more essential time for music than ever,” she said.

While many projects have been put on hold due to the global lockdown, Evanescence kept its promise of releasing new music this year by launching the song “Wasted on you” from their upcoming album “Bitter Truth”. The video clips shows each Evanescence member coping with the isolation in their homes. “Wasted on you” premiered in India exclusively on Vh1 India on April 23.

Talking about the song, Lee said: “I came up with the initial idea just before New Year’s Eve and sent it to the band. We already had the songs we were planning to begin recording in January, but I was struggling with lyrics to the song I was trying to finish, and ended up writing this one instead.

“We got into the studio with Nick Raskulinecz, who we had such a pivotal experience with for the self titled album, and finished the song out together in a live setup. Nick pushed us on that bridge right up to the edge of my breaking point and then we finally broke through with what is now my favorite part. He is so good like that. He knows what we’re capable of and won’t settle for less! We rewrote it at least 7 times,” she added.

Lee along with guitarist Ben Moody founded the band in 1995. They came out with their first album in 2003, titled “Fallen”. At present, the members are Lee, Tim McCord, Will Hunt, Troy McLawhorn and Jen Majura.

“The Bitter Truth” will be Evanescence’s first album with original material in nine years. In 2017, the band released “Synthesis”. It had instrumental reworkings of older tracks, and included the breakthrough single “Bring me to life”.

(Sugandha Rawal can be contacted at [email protected])

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Delay in reporting Covid deaths: AIIMS, RML, Lok Nayak served notice

While Delhi has reported only 73 deaths till May 10, the Covid toll on Sunday has reached 473 — after hospitals started reporting the pending deaths.

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New Delhi, May 31 : Weeks after warning all the hospitals here of strict action on delay in reporting coronavirus fatalities, the Delhi government has served a show cause notice to AIIMS, Lok Nayak, RML and Safdarjung Hospitals to explain the reasons for delay in reporting the deaths.

The Delhi Health Department on Sunday said memorandums have also been issued to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital to explain the reasons for delay in reporting death cases.

“Show cause notices have been issued to AIIMS Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, RML Hospital, and Safdarjung Hospital to explain the reasons for delay in reporting death cases in violation of the directions issued by the Health Department of Delhi as well as by DDMA under the Disaster Management Act,” the Health Department said.

Also, it said, an advisory have been issued to Lok Nayak Hospital to “be careful in future and follow the orders and guidelines issued by the department in true letter and spirit” so that there is no anomaly in the deaths being reported by the government.

While Lok Nayak Hospital is a Delhi government hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Safdarjung Hospital are under the Central government.

On May 10, accepting that public and private hospitals in the city were not reporting the Covid-19 deaths in a timely and regular manner, the Delhi government, after much criticism from the opposition, warned all the hospitals of strict action on delay in reporting of coronavirus deaths and ask the healthcare facilities to submit the death report, even nil, by 5 p.m. daily.

Along with the order, Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev on May 10, also issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as per which every Covid hospital and health facility will have to report all death cases of Covid-19 positive patients by email to the District Surveillance Unit and also to the State Surveillance unit of IDSP Cell of Delhi Government by 5 p.m. every day.

The order warned that non-compliance will be viewed seriously and strict action as per the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 as well as other relevant laws will be taken against the defaulters without any further notice.

While Delhi has reported only 73 deaths till May 10, the Covid toll on Sunday has reached 473 — after hospitals started reporting the pending deaths. The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of case sheets received from various hospitals.

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US sends 2 million doses of unproven COVID-19 drug to Brazil: White House

The White House announced on Sunday that the U.S. has sent 2 million doses of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to Brazil, and that 1,000 ventilators will soon be delivered as well as the South American country becomes the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The White House says the U.S. has sent 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil, and that 1,000 ventilators will soon be delivered as well.

This comes even as some countries have banned the use of the drug for COVID-19 over safety concerns.

  • Brazil reported a record 33,274 new cases on Saturday as its death toll surpassed France’s, ranking fourth in the world behind the U.S., U.K. and Italy.
  • Trump last week suspended entry of non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil within the past 14 days.

Between the lines: Hydroxychloroquine has become a point of heated political debate in President Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, as he first touted the drug as a potential “game-changer” and said he was taking it himself as a preventative.

  • But a large study in The Lancet found an increased risk of heart problems and death among coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine, prompting France to ban use of the drug and the World Health Organization to temporarily suspend a trial.
  • Anthony Fauci told CNN last week that the scientific data “is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy” of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.

What they’re saying: The White House said in a statement that the drug will “be used as a prophylactic to help defend Brazil’s nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals agains the virus.”

  • “It will also be used as a therapeutic to treat Brazilians who become infected,” the statement adds.
  • “With [Trump] and President Jair Bolsonaro having spoken twice since March, the two countries are well-positioned to continue their work together to address the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to other matters of strategic importance.”
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We share our support for racial equality: Sundar Pichai

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San Francisco, May 31 : Google and YouTube on Sunday put a black ribbon on its home page in the US, showing solidarity for protests against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

“We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it,” the message read on the Google home page.

The same message was also placed on the US home page of Google-owned YouTube.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: “Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice.

“For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” Pichai added.

Last week, a policeman choked an African-American man Floyd, to death by kneeling on his neck in Minneapolis.

Several states in the US erupted in protests after the video went viral.

The riots stretching from New York on the east coast to Los Angeles on the west rocked the nation that was just beginning to relax the Covid-19 restrictions threatening to spread the disease.

The force of the protests that have turned violent comes from the ongoing brutality against minorities by police with two other recent cases adding to the fury behind the killing of Floyd.

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