The second wave of the coronavirus shows no signs of slowing down


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

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.

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