On Monday, India reported more than 300,000 new cases of coronavirus for the 12th consecutive day, bringing the total to just 20 million, while COVID-19 deaths rose by 3,417.
With 368,147 new cases in the last 24 hours, total infections in India amount to 1
Medical experts say the country’s actual figures of 1.35 billion could be five to ten times higher than the official number.
Hospitals were full, medical oxygen supplies were cut off, and morgues and crematoria were overwhelmed as the country dealt with the wave of cases.
At least 11 countries and allied territories have imposed some form of restrictions to prevent infections, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is reluctant to impose a national lock that is concerned about the economic impact.
“In my opinion, only a national stay at home and the announcement of emergency medical care will help meet current health needs,” said Bhramar Mukherjee, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, on Twitter.
“The number of active cases is accumulating, not just the daily new cases. Even the reported figures indicate that there are about 3.5 million active cases.”
The jump in infections is the biggest crisis in India since Modi took office in 2014. Modi has been criticized for not taking steps earlier to curb the spread and for allowing millions of largely unmasked people to attend religious festivals. and crowded political rallies in five countries in March and April.
A forum of government advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious version of the coronavirus that is lingering in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters.
Despite the warning, four of the scientists said the federal government was not trying to impose severe restrictions to stop the virus from spreading. Read more
It remains to be seen how his handling of the crisis could affect Modi or his party politically. The next general election is scheduled for 2024. Modi’s party was defeated in the Indian state of West Bengal in the results announced on Sunday, although it won in the neighboring state of Assam.
Leaders of 13 opposition parties signed a letter Sunday calling on Modi to immediately launch a free national vaccination and give priority to oxygen supplies to hospitals and health centers.
Several countries have postponed the expansion of adult vaccination, which was due to begin on Saturday due to a lack of vaccines. The National Ministry of Health says the states have stocked 10 million vaccines and another 2 million will come in the next three days.
Although it is the world’s largest producer of vaccines, India does not have enough for itself – undermining Saturday’s plan to increase and expand inoculation. Only about 9% of its 1.4 billion people had a dose.
India is struggling to increase capacity to more than 80 million doses a month due to a lack of raw materials and a fire at the Serum Institute, which makes the AstraZeneca vaccine.
International aid is pouring into India.
Britain will send another 1,000 fans to India, the government said on Sunday. Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Modi are due to speak on Tuesday.
The Indian version of COVID-19 has already reached at least 17 countries, including Britain, Switzerland and Iran, prompting several governments to close their borders to people traveling from India.
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