New Delhi — India reports record increase in COVID-19 infection on Monday, second only to the United States as politicians hold large election rallies and raise fears of further spread of the virus It became a country.
Hospitals in Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, are being attacked by patients. Mumbai, the commercial capital and India’s wealthiest state, home to many industries, reported record 57,074 new cases overnight.
Daily infections in the country have increased about 12-fold since authorities eased most restrictions and hit lows for the first time in months in early February when people stopped wearing masks and increasing social distance. I will.
With 103,558 new infections, India currently reports 12.6 million cases, the highest after the United States and Brazil, according to health ministry data. Deaths have increased by 478, which remains one of the lowest mortality rates in the world, with a total increase to 165,101.
India has recorded the highest number of infections anywhere in the world in the past week. According to some epidemiologists, a more infectious variant of the virus may have been involved in the second surge.
Rajiv Dasgupta, Head of Social Medicine and Community Health Center at the University of Java Harlar Nehru, New Delhi, said:
India has found hundreds of cases of the first viral variants detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.
Subhash Salunke, a former WHO employee who advises Maharashtra on the COVID-19 strategy, said cases in the state will continue to grow for weeks. He said vaccination of all adults is the way to go in the most devastated cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Nasik.
“If you start this, you’ll see a downward trend by the end of April,” he said.
Vaccine lamp up
India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, has made 77 million injections at home since launching the campaign in mid-January. This is the third highest amount after the United States and China.
However, per capita COVID-19 vaccination in India is lower than in many other countries, including the populous China, which began injecting citizens much earlier.
India currently only vaccinates people over the age of 45, first covering health and frontline workers with shots of AstraZeneca and government-sponsored shots.
At a meeting held Sunday by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, authorities discussed further increases in the country’s vaccine production. The government has delayed vaccine exports in recent weeks after shipping more than 65 million vaccines.
“It was emphasized that all efforts are underway to meet growing national requirements and ensure sufficient amounts of vaccines to meet the true needs of other countries,” his office said. statement..
Although the incident has grown exponentially in nearly a dozen states, politicians and ministers are still working on election rallies involving tens of thousands of unmasked people competing for space.
A health minister in northeastern Assam, who is currently voting in favor of the new government’s election, said he didn’t need a mask in his state and wearing a mask would hurt businesses like hairdressers. I was ridiculed on social media over the weekend.
Maharashtra will begin closing shopping centers, cinemas, bars, restaurants and places of worship on Monday night. Authorities will impose a complete blockade over the weekend as experts are worried about the shortage of critical care beds in hospitals, especially in that small city.
The increase in incidents has lowered the stock market.
By Neha Arora and Rama Venkat