Total number of reported cases exceeds 20 million – fr

Total number of reported cases exceeds 20 million – fr

A man with his bicycle on a street in New Delhi’s old quarters on April 19, 2021, as India’s capital imposes a week-long lockdown from tonight, officials said, as the megalopolis struggles to contain a huge increase in Covid-19 cases where hospitals are running out of beds and oxygen supplies are low.
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India went through 20 million reported cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.
There were 357,229 new cases reported in a 24-hour period, bringing the total to 20.28 million, according to data from the Department of Health.

The first cases in India were detected at the end of January last year and the country’s total only crossed 10 million infections in December, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. But the next 10 million cases were reported in just under five months, mostly in April.

So far, at least 222,408 people have died from the disease, but that number is likely lower than the actual number of deaths. Media reports suggest crematoriums and cemeteries are overwhelmed with the bodies of those who have died from Covid-19.

Some states are on lockdown

India’s healthcare system has been overwhelmed by the surge in cases as it faces a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen supplies and drugs to treat patients.

Reddy of the Public Health Foundation told CNBC that India needs a two-pronged approach to tackle the second wave. First, efforts to immunize over 1.3 billion people must continue.

India faces at least a short-term vaccine shortage and just over 2% of the population has received both doses. From May, India opens vaccination to anyone aged 18 and over.

Second, India needs a “very strong” containment strategy to reduce the spread.

We had turned our backs on the virus, but the virus did not turn its back on us. And now we are paying the price.

K. Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation of India

“What we need to do immediately is reduce person-to-person transmission, ensuring that there are no large crowds,” Reddy said, adding that India should not allow more than four people to congregate in public places and areas with positivity rates should be put into full containment mode.

He added that India must ensure adequate social support for people recovering at home from milder symptoms.

How did India get here?

India’s second wave began sometime in February when cases started to rise again. Previously, the country reported around 10,000 infections per day, on average. April was marked by a steep rise in the curve, with nearly 7 million cases reported.

The Indian government has come under fire for letting large crowds gather for religious festivals and election rallies earlier this year. These mass gatherings probably turned into super-broadcaster events.


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