India stopped its hugely popular cricket league on Tuesday as COVID-19 infections rose after 20 million in the world’s second most populous country, and the opposition leader said blocking across the country was now the only way out.
Cricket officials stopped the Indian Premier League̵
“Although we tried to bring a little positivity and mood, it is imperative that the tournament be stopped and everyone return to their families and loved ones in these difficult times,” IPL said. Read more
With 3.45 million active cases, India has registered 357,229 new infections in the last 24 hours, while deaths have risen by 3,449 to 222,408, according to the Ministry of Health.
As hospitals are left without beds and oxygen and morgues and crematoria overflow, experts say the actual number could be five to 10 times higher.
According to Reuters, the total infections are over 20.2 million, second only to the United States.
“The only way to stop the spread of the crown now is to block it completely … GOI’s inaction is killing many innocent people,” opposition congressional leader Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter, referring to the government.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, widely criticized for admitting religious festivals and political gatherings attended by hundreds of thousands of largely unmasked people, is reluctant to impose a national blockade for fear of economic repercussions, but several countries have imposed social restrictions. .
The eastern state of Bihar has ordered a lockout until May 15th, said Chief Minister Nitis Kumar. With more than 100,000 infections, the death toll is close to 3,000, government figures show.
GLIMER OF HOPE
The brand’s $ 6.8 billion IPL tournament was played without spectators in front of a huge television audience in the cricket-obsessed nation, but was severely criticized for continuing as the health care system collapsed.
The influx of the highly infectious Indian variant of the coronavirus has overwhelmed hospitals and depleted oxygen supplies, while sufferers have died in ambulances and parking lots.
Rows of funeral pyres located in parks and other open spaces are used to cremate the overflow of corpses. The courtroom of the Supreme Court in Delhi holds almost daily videoconferences to consider petitions from hospitals seeking oxygen and invoking India’s constitutional right to life. Read more
But some hopes surfaced in comments Monday from a health ministry official who said infections in some regions were leveling off.
Government modeling points to a peak by Wednesday, a few days earlier than expected, as the virus has spread faster than expected.
The unrest in India coincided with a drastic drop in vaccinations due to supply and supply problems.
At least three countries, including Maharashtra, home of the commercial capital of Mumbai, have reported a shortage of vaccines by closing some inoculation centers.
The state had injected 79,491 doses on Monday, after a record 534,372 a week ago.
In the adjacent home state of Modi Gujarat, the three largest cities, Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara, have limited vaccines to those aged between 18 and 44, officials said.
TIRED OF WAITING
The eastern state of Odisha has also stopped vaccinations in 11 of its 30 districts, health officials told Reuters.
“I’m tired of standing in line,” said Anil Rajapure, a 49-year-old farmer from the temple city of Wai in Maharashtra as he waited for his first shot.
“I will try again. If I don’t understand then, I will give up,” Rajapure said, adding that three earlier attempts had proved futile, either because stocks had been depleted or had not arrived.
India’s two current vaccine manufacturers estimate that it will take two months or more to increase total monthly production from the current 70 million to 80 million doses.
India, with the largest vaccine production capacity in the world, has partially or completely immunized only 9.5% of its 1.35 billion people, according to the government portal Co-Win. Read more
The coronavirus, which is thought to have spread to bats before being first identified in central China in late 2019, has also infected eight lions at a zoo in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, the federal government said.
The Asian lions were isolated and treated, the statement added.
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