India It exceeded 400,000 new cases of coronavirus within 24 hours This Saturday (1), a new world record. The country is the first country to reach this number of infections in a single day during the epidemic.
And according to the Ministry of Health, he was there 401,993 new cases In the past 24 hours, the total number of injured people in the country rose to 19.1 million.
The Ministry of Health mentioned that, too 3,523 died of Covid. The country now has it 211853 deaths Of the disease.
a India, Friday (30), set the eighth world record for confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past nine daysAccording to government data and “Our World in Data”. There were 386,452 injured and 3,498 deaths within 24 hours.
With more than 2.5 million cases and 21,000 deaths in the past seven days, the country was responsible for 43% of all new infections and 23% of all deaths on the planet in this period.
In the middle of the second wave in India, the world has passed 150 million confirmed cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Our World in Data, a project linked to the University of Oxford.
The second largest country in the world by population, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, is experiencing a collapse in its health and funeral system, it is suffering from vaccination that is still slow and the government has been criticized for fighting the epidemic (see below)).
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Hospitals lack medicines and oxygen, and relatives have to buy cylinders for inmates. Without beds, patients wait in ambulances, in private cars, and even on the street, looking for a place.
Input prices have skyrocketed in the parallel market, and middlemen are selling oxygen even at hospital gates. In despair, many are buying medicines of doubtful origin and supplies at exorbitant prices. There are also many reports of scams.
“We didn’t find the oxygen,” says Mukesh Kashyap, who had just burned his 38-year-old wife. “We went to the largest private hospital in the city and finally a small hospital forced me to pay 55 euros for an hour of oxygen [mais de R$ 350]”.
Striken, Kashyap claimed that it was improved with oxygen. “But then the symptoms came back. We tried to find a bed, but she couldn’t resist. The doctors couldn’t save her.”
A man prepares to shoot to burn another Covid victim in India – Photo: Channi Anand / AP Photo
Crematoriums and cemeteries are unable to absorb the number of bodies, and mass funerals have been held in several cities. Celebrations being conducted under the Covid-19 protocol far outweigh government data.
In New Delhi, the number of cremations has increased fivefold. The Capital City Council is trying to increase the capacity of the local population by building incinerators even on grass outside the facilities.
With the collapse of the health system, many infected people die at home and do not enter official statistics.
A man tries to raise a woman who fainted after seeing the corpse of a relative who died of Covid-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi, the capital of India, on April 30, 2021 – Photo: Adnan Abidi / Reuters
The second wave is completely out of control in the country after the Indian government spoke of the “final phase of the pandemic” in March and relaxed restraint measures, launching religious rallies and festivals (see video below) and even cricket matches at the stadium. .
Election rallies for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, continue to take place and crowds are taking to the streets despite daily records of cases and deaths.
Modi, who adopted one of the toughest lockdowns in the world last year, refused to take action again this year so as not to affect the economic recovery. Now the government is facing stinging criticism.
The Indian government attributed the spread of cases and deaths to the non-use of masks by the population and the lack of respect for social distance. He recently asked Twitter to delete dozens of posts critical of the government.
Experts also point to the new variable (see below) and government itself as causes.
Video: Devotees participate in bathing rituals during the pandemic in India
Amid criticism, the government announced that it will expand vaccination against Covid-19 for people between the ages of 18 and 44, starting Saturday.
But many states have been experiencing shortage of doses for weeks and many Indians have reported problems with social media in scheduling vaccination.
India is the third country with the largest number of applied doses in the world (147 million), after China (243 million) and the United States (234 million).
But proportionally, the country has implemented only 10.66 vaccines per 100 inhabitants, which is lower than the global average (13.93) and China (16.95) and much lower than that of the United States (70.16).
Suspected as one of the causes of the second wave in India, the B.1.617 variant has already been detected in dozens of countries and is still causing a lot of suspicion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it does not know if the country’s highest case and death rate is due to the fact that the breed is more aggressive, the situation in the Indian health system, or both.
According to the organization, the second wave may be caused by “other behaviors,” such as non-compliance with health restrictions and the large number of gatherings.
The World Health Organization has classified the Indian breed as a “variant of interest”, rather than a “source of concern” (VOC).
Currently, the variants classified as “of concern” are Brazilian, British, and South African. It is the most dangerous vaccine (most contagious, most lethal, and resistant to vaccines).