Coronavirus: Outbreaks in Large Indian Cities Drive Record Number of Cases | News from the world

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India has overtaken Russia to claim the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world after registering nearly 25,000 new infections per day, mainly in the megacities of Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.The total number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 697,413 on Monday, after three consecutive days of record increase in infection. Only Brazil, with 1.6 million, and the United States, with 2.88 million, have more cases and experts say the country is still months away from reaching its peak.

The country’s death rate of 1.3 billion people remains relatively low, with 19,693 deaths, which places it eighth in the world and at 2.8%, it is lower than the world average of 4.7% .

“With the wave of cases that occurred last week, we are definitely entering a disturbing phase of the epidemic,” said Dr. Preeti Kumar, vice president of the Public Health Foundation of India.

“In India, it is a concentrated epidemic, it is very urban. While rural areas seem to have more control, the way the virus has spread in our large, densely populated cities indicates that the epidemic will continue here for some time. ”

The megacities of Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai collectively account for about two-thirds of the Indian cases.

In Delhi, which touched 100,000 cases on Monday, the city’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said there was “no need to panic”. He said the number of intensive care beds available in the capital had increased by 169%. A sprawling new medical facility in Delhi the size of 20 football fields, built in a spiritual center, opened this week with a capacity for 10,000 mildly symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.

A study by the Indian Council for Medical Research has predicted that India will not peak until mid-November. However, Dr. Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Science, was more optimistic about the outlook for Delhi. “If the number of cases in Delhi continues to be static or decrease over the next few weeks and the decline continues at a sustained rate, then we can say that we could exceed the peak in August,” he said. declared.

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However, even with the construction of new facilities, the lack of doctors and health workers is problematic across the country, as many are infected on the front line or are increasingly reluctant to put themselves at risk.

Last week, tests of the Covid-19 samples at three of the best health institutes in Patna, the state capital of Bihar, had to be closed for three days after 15 doctors, laboratory technicians and other health workers health have tested positive for the virus. The laboratories at Patna Medical College and Hospital, the Rajendra Memorial Institute of Medical Sciences and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences were all closed for fumigation.

Dr Taha Mateen, managing director of HBS Bangalore hospital, said in a video, which went viral over the weekend, that he had “been a virtual bloodbath” in the ward, with only him and another doctor ready to work on coronavirus cases. .

“I have beds, I have oxygen beds, I have fans, I have all the equipment. I still have 30 beds like this, but I don’t have doctors working here, ”said Mateen, arguing for other doctors to offer their services.

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