India’s COVID tally passes 25 mln; cyclone complicates efforts in Modi’s state
On Tuesday, India’s gross COVID-19 caseload surpassed 25 million, as a strong cyclone exacerbated the health problem in one of the states where the disease is circulating the fastest.
19 checks were conducted to 200,000 citizens evacuated from coastal districts of Gujarat’s western state before the cyclone hit late Monday, and attempts were being made to restrict the spread of infections.
“Masks have been arranged for citizens who have been relocated to shelter homes,” said Sandip Sagale, a top official in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s capital.
“Also, efforts are taken to preserve social distance.”
The cumulative number of coronavirus cases in India has surpassed 25 million, with 263,533 new infections in the last 24 hours, although COVID-19 deaths have increased by a staggering 4,329.
Only the United States has seen more cases, or a higher single-day death rate, with 5,444 people killed on February 12. However, unlike in the United States, there is no guarantee that India’s infections have peaked.
While the official count indicates that new infections are decreasing, there are concerns that the new, highly contagious B.1.617 variant, discovered in India, is spreading out of reach, and that several cases, mostly in rural areas, are going unreported due to a lack of testing.
According to health ministry reports, India’s gross caseload since the virus first hit about a year ago is 25.23 million, with a death toll of 278,719 people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat has seen a 30% surge in infections since May 2, notwithstanding the fact that the overall amount of vaccines administered in the state last week was just 1.1 million – half of what it was a month ago.
The storm complicated attempts to combat the coronavirus in the state by suspending vaccines for two days as hospitals expected backup generators to maintain electricity going and extra oxygen supplies.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that oxygen production and distribution had not been affected. Out of the more than 1,400 hospitals designated for COVID-19 care, power outages were recorded in 16, restored in 12, and the remaining four switched to backup generators.
VACCINATION DRIVE IS ‘STRUGGLING’
Overnight, 1,000 coronavirus deaths were confirmed in neighbouring Maharashtra state, which was hit by the cyclone on Monday, the highest toll in the nation. According to government reports, the infection rate in Maharashtra has increased by 15% in the last two weeks.
According to data from the government’s Co-WIN portal, the rate of vaccination in Maharashtra has dropped by 30% after peaking in early April.
According to data released by the Indian Medical Association, 269 doctors have died of COVID-19 since April 1, with 78 of them dying in the largely rural state of Bihar.
“The surge has been really damaging,” IMA Secretary General Jayesh Lele told Reuters.
Rural communities in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which has more inhabitants than Brazil, have been heavily impacted, as healthcare services have failed to keep up. more details
Infuriated by the lack of checking and tracing, a state court declared on Monday that the situation had reached “God’s grace” and was heading for a “third wave.”
“If this is the state of affairs in five districts, one can imagine where we are heading the citizens of this state, i.e. (a) third wave of the pandemic,” said the state’s Allahabad High Court.
According to Chandrakant Lahariya, a public policy and health systems specialist, India’s vaccination policy needed to be reset immediately.
“India’s vaccine campaign has been failing for six weeks. How long does one wait before admitting that the scheme isn’t working?
“Part of the challenge seems to be that there is strategic decision-making in strictly technological fields.” The political leadership should delegate authority to strategic specialists in order for them to devise and execute new tactics.”
President Joe Biden of the United States declared on Monday that his administration would submit at least 20 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June. Biden has been pressed to exchange vaccinations in order to better curb deteriorating epidemics ranging from India to Brazil, where modern, more infectious coronavirus strains have proliferated.