Last Friday, India’s record of a surge in COVID-19 cases was offset by the exhaustion of oxygen and hospital beds in hospitals. At the same time, politicians held election rallies and thousands of Hindu followers participated in the week-long festival, which angered health officials.
The second wave of large-scale infections, second only to the United States, forced the authorities to restrict people̵
The 217,353 new cases reported by the Ministry of Health on Friday were the eighth daily record increase in the past nine days, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 14.3 million.
The United States has reported more than 31 million infections.
In the past 24 hours, India’s death toll has increased by 1,185, the highest single-day increase in seven months, reaching a total of 174,308.
Experts have raised concerns about the spread of this more contagious variant, especially considering the widespread participation in religious festivals and political gatherings. A study in The Lancet this month estimated that by June, India’s daily death toll may double.
During a religious holiday on Wednesday, thousands of ascetics and devout Hindus gathered on the banks of the Ganges in the northern state of Uttarakhand, hoping to wash their sins. Hundreds of tests have been positive.
In the capital, Delhi, the number of cases reached a record 16,699 overnight.
Giridhara Babu, a professor of epidemiology at the Indian Institute of Public Health, said: “It seems that young people are seriously ill.”
The Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan once again condemned the unprecedented increase in this situation, although colleagues in the ruling party of his Prime Minister Narendra Modi are still talking with tens of thousands of colleagues. Of the election rallies for dialogue, and there are few signs of cover-up or isolation from society.
The Ministry of the Interior Minister Amit Shah (Amit Shah), responsible for overseeing the lockdown and other COVID rules, conducted a road show in a convertible on a crowded street in West Bengal through a crowded street.
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Udaya Regmi of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said: “The spread of this virus in our region (South Asia) is really frightening.”
The government said it will provide an estimated 17,000 tons of oxygen to the twelve states where the virus has surged, including western Maharashtra and Delhi.
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So far, India has injected 117 million doses of vaccine, the world’s highest vaccination rate after the United States and China, but this covers only a small part of its 1.35 billion population.
Government data show that on April 5, the vaccination volume reached a peak of 4.5 million doses, but the average daily vaccination was about 3 million doses since then, and the states have complained about this.read more
India has transformed from a large-scale vaccine exporter to an importer, having previously rejected foreign drugmakers such as Pfizer (PFE.N). Starting this month, it will import Russian satellite V vaccines, covering up to 125 million people.read more
India also approved the Hafkin Research Institute in Maharashtra on Thursday to start producing COVAXIN pills produced by the local Bharat Biotechnology Company, and said its production capacity will be increased to nearly 100 million by September. Agent.
The country is currently administering the COVAXIN and AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccines, which are produced by the Serological Institute of India under the trademark Covishield.
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