India’s coronavirus crisis is deepening, hospitals are bending and it is under increasing pressure due to the second wave of infections.
The South Asian country reported 259,170 new cases and 1,761 deaths on Tuesday over a 24-hour period, according to government data. This is the sixth day that the number of daily cases in India has exceeded 200,000, while the number of fatalities per day is still relatively low.
Cases have started to rise since February, with India reporting more than 3.1 million new cases and more than 18,000 deaths this month. The cumulative total of the case exceeded 15 million, making India the second most severely infected country after the United States.
“Because of the very high number of cases of surge, we see that hospitals are really overwhelmed – and we need to address that challenge,” K VijayRaghavan, India’s chief scientific adviser, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Tuesday.
Hospitals reject patients because of a lack of beds – including those who are critically ill. According to media reports, unrelated patients are being forced to share beds. There is also a lack of oxygen supply in health care facilities, and the government is said to divert oxygen to industry for medical purposes.
VijayRaghavan said the government is trying to deal with stress on the medical system by moving health workers from one place to another and setting up emergency hospitals.
A Covid facility will be constructed at the Commonwealth Games Village Sports Complex on April 19, 2021 in New Delhi, India.
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States run into partial short circuits
India has so far resisted the second national lock-in – last year’s national lock-in from late March to May disproportionately damaged the informal sector, and overthrew India on its growth trajectory.
However, states are stepping up social restrictions as severely affected places collide with partial closures.
The epicenter of the second wave is India’s richest state, Maharashtra, which is home to the country’s financial capital, Mumbai. The Western state alone has reported more than a million new cases since early April.
Maharashtra is already under partial closure until 1 May. But further restrictions are reported, as the daily number of cases shows little sign of slowing down.
Delhi’s national capital as well as India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh is also among a lot of regions and states where Covid-19 cases are on the rise.
Delhi entered a six-day partial lock on Monday where only basic services could operate.
Arvind is the prime minister Kejriwal said at a virtual press conference although it is generally opposed to closure, keeping people at home in Delhi would help the local government provide more hospital beds and work with the federal government to increase oxygen and drug supplies. He asked people to keep the lock and not go unnecessarily.
Other states including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have also tightened restrictions such as the introduction of a night curfew.
Extension of vaccinations to additional groups
Manufactured by the Serum Institute A shot by AstraZeneca, known locally as Covishield. The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer has previously said its production capacity is “very congested” and it needs about $ 400 million to boost supplies.
VijayRaghavan told CNBC that India “is fully aware that we are part of global supply chains and has a moral, economic and practical responsibility to balance what is needed for our people and what is needed elsewhere. And we’ll meet both. “
India recently approved a third vaccine for emergency use – Sputnik Vt, which was developed in Russia. It has also authorized vaccines manufactured abroad that have received emergency approval from agencies listed by the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan, and the World Health Organization.