NEW DELHI (AP) – India on Wednesday went through a grim event devoid of 200,000 people with coronavirus as a devastating wave of new infections swept through dense cities and rural areas, leaving health systems on the brink of collapse.
The Ministry of Health reported that 3,293 deaths were reported daily in the last 24 hours of COVID-19, bringing India’s death toll to 201187 as the world’s second-largest country had its darkest head of patience.
The country also reported 362,757 new infections, a new world record total of $ 17.9 million. Monday’s previous 350,000 had surpassed the five-day range, the largest one-day increase in any country in the epidemic.
India, a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, is the fourth country with 200,000 deaths, followed by the United States, Brazil and Mexico. And as in many countries, experts believe that coronavirus infections and fatalities are serious sub-accounts in India.
The first known death of COVID-19 in India occurred on March 12, 2020, in the state of Karnataka. It took five months to reach the first 50,000 deaths. In October 2020, the number of victims reached 100,000 in the next two months, and in January of this year, three months later, 150,000. Deaths slowed until mid-March, rising sharply again.
More than 2,000 Indians die every day for the past week.
India thought it had overcome the worst of last year’s epidemic, but the virus is now spreading through its population, and systems are beginning to crumble.
Hospitalizations and deaths have reached record levels, with overwhelming health workers. Patients are drowning as hospital oxygen supplies are depleted. Desperate family members send SOS messages on social media, hoping that someone will help them find oxygen cylinders, empty hospital beds, and some medicine for their loved ones. The dead were dumped in parking lots, illuminating the night sky in some cities.
With the healthcare system rapidly sinking, India is now looking to other countries to break the record wave that spreads through one country and then another.
Many countries have offered to help, including the United States, which has promised to help with personal protection, tests, and oxygen supplies. The United States will send raw materials for vaccine production, strengthening India’s ability to produce more doses of AstraZeneca.
Health experts say huge rallies during Hindu festivals and mammoth election rallies in some states have accelerated India’s current unprecedented wave.
They also say that mixed government messages և premature statements against the virus encourage people to relax when they need to keep their physical distance, wear masks and avoid large crowds.
The national capital, New Delhi, is under siege, as are the southern states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Some other states have also imposed restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
India has also called on its armed forces to help fight the devastating crisis. The head of India’s defense headquarters, General Bipin Rawat, said late Monday that oxygen supplies would be depleted from the armed forces and retired medical staff would join health facilities to ease the pressure on doctors.
Meanwhile, India’s vaccination program seems to be getting harder. So far, almost 10% of the country’s population has received one stroke, but more than 1.5% have received both vaccines.
18-year-old Indians will be eligible for the vaccine from Saturday.