In India, the coronavirus is getting worse by the day, it’s just reached a new record.
The nation reported a record high of 401,993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. No other country has violated 400,000 cases a day.
Burial mounds all over India are overloaded with bodies. Patients breathe and die because hospitals lack oxygen. The country reported more than 300,000 new cases every day for nine days before reaching the 400,000 mark.
India reported more than 3,500 deaths on Saturday. For the fourth day in a row, with more than 3,000 deaths. Those numbers are probably sub-accounts. An investigation by the New York Times this week found “huge evidence” that the deaths were “ignored or downplayed” by the government.
“Of all the simulations we’ve done, we believe the actual death toll is two to five times higher than reported,” Bramar Mukherjee, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, told the Times.
Experts interviewed by Reuters claim that the death toll could even be five to 10 times higher than reported. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not responded to the allegations.
“It will get worse before it gets better,” said Dr. Ashish Haha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health. he said about the outbreak of India on Twitter on Saturday.
The rapidly spreading versions of the coronavirus are, perhaps, the biggest culprit in India’s new terrible wave. But a number of other factors also contributed to their spread. Mass social gatherings, slow spread of vaccines, a health care system that was unfortunately not ready for the influx of patients.
“This was a shocking collective political failure,” he wrote in an article in the Hindustan Times on Saturday, outlining the steps he thought India needed to take “urgently and effectively”.
He said the Indian government needed to move quickly to end closed rallies, implement the mask mandate, increase testing, increase drug and oxygen supplies, increase vaccination efforts, and sequel more genomes to COVID-19 variants.
“May be terrible in India. June will be hard. “If we take the steps outlined here, we will see real progress in June. By July, everything can be meaningfully better,” he said. “But if we do these things half-heartedly now, the nightmare in India will last longer.”
The United States, which earlier this week promised to help India produce more vaccines, imposed new travel restrictions on the country because of the coronavirus virus. The move on Friday temporarily barred most non-US citizens from entering the United States.
Sophia Ankel և Aria Bendix contributed to the report.
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