India has recorded the highest daily death toll from the Corona virus since the beginning of the epidemic in it, announcing the death of 3,689 people within 24 hours.
This came one day after India achieved the highest rate of injuries in the world, becoming the first country to witness more than 400,000 new cases within 24 hours.
The Indian government is trying to control the situation, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Minister of Health on Sunday morning to discuss the crisis.
Hospitals in India are suffering a lot in order to provide medical care to the injured, and in light of an acute shortage of beds and the oxygen needed to help them breathe.
Days ago, painful pictures spread of entire families infected with the virus and begging to a hospital bed or an oxygen bottle to save their lives, while morgues and crematoria were still crowded with the dead.
Despite this crisis, on Sunday, the Indian authorities began counting votes in the elections held in five states in March and April.
The results of these elections are an indication of how the pandemic is affecting support for Prime Minister Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
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Running out of oxygen at the Batra Hospital in Delhi killed 12 people on Saturday, the second accident in one week.
The Times of India reported that 16 injured people have died in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, due to lack of oxygen in two hospitals, and six people have died in a suburb of Gurgaon in the capital, Delhi.
The Delhi High Court has now announced that it will start punishing those responsible if life-saving supplies do not reach the hospitals.
Two judges at the court warned that “the country has already sank, and that is enough.”
Experts have also warned that the death toll is far less than the real number.
This also applies to the numbers of injuries, which are believed to be much lower than the reality, given the low rates of testing and the presence of many patients in homes that have not been reported, nor have they died, especially in rural areas.
What are the conditions for vaccination and the distribution of vaccines?
All adults in India are now eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.
However, the vaccination campaign, which the government announced its launch on Saturday, May 1, faces obstacles in several states due to the shortage of vaccine doses needed to start vaccinating those between the ages of 18 and 44.
Although India is the largest producer of vaccines in the world, the country suffers from an internal shortage, which prompted it to impose a temporary suspension on all exports of AstraZeneca vaccine to meet domestic demand.
On Sunday, the Indian Ministry of Health said that 84,599 people in the specified age group had received a first dose of the Corona virus vaccine.
India uses two vaccines, the first is Oxford AstraZeneca (known locally as Coffeeshield) and another made by the Indian company Bharat Biotech (Kovaxin). The Russian-made Sputnik vaccine has also been approved, and the first 150,000 doses arrived on Saturday.
What do other countries offer to help?
Countries from all over the world sent a flood of emergency medical supplies. As of Thursday, 40 countries had sent relief shipments.
The first stage of relief aircraft from the United States carrying oxygen bottles, N95 masks, and rapid diagnostic testing kits arrived in Delhi, on Friday.
India thanked the United States for the aid, and the Indian Ministry of Health wrote on Twitter: “The nexus of the oldest democracy )USA ( And the largest of them ) India ( Getting stronger. “
In the past, the United States was criticized for imposing a ban on sending raw materials needed to produce vaccines abroad, which caused India to limit Indias ability to produce more AstraZincia vaccines. This measure was lifted last week.
A German military plane equipped with 120 respirators arrived in India on Saturday, and the British Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, confirmed that the country would send more respirators to India “very soon.”
Why does India not impose a complete lockdown?
The central government has been reluctant to impose a national lockdown, with Prime Minister Modi describing it as a “last resort”.
The country’s leaders fear the economic impact, after the shutdown last year reduced Indias output by a record 24 percent in April-June compared to the previous year.
But in the current situation, the human cost could be prohibitive as well.
And the national lockdown, which lasted 68 days last year, caused millions of workers in India to return to their home villages after finding themselves unemployed and running out of money as well.
The crises of the poor, especially children suffering from malnutrition and pregnant women who depend on government programs, increased, and it became difficult to obtain support.
Immunization programs stopped, and those critically ill struggled to access vital health services.
But many states and federal territories have special restrictions.
The state of Odisha was the last to announce a two-week lockdown, extending from 5 to 19 May, to join other states that imposed the closure, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal that were severely affected.
Other states, including the populous state of Uttar Pradesh, have imposed a night curfew or a weekend lockdown.
The Indian Express reported that a team of advisers on Covid-19, advising the government, is pressing hard for a nationwide lockdown to help mitigate the devastating second wave.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief infectious disease expert in the United States, said that a “immediate” lockdown for a “few weeks” could break the chain of transmission in India.
Prime Minister Modi was criticized for allowing millions of people to gather for religious festivals and massive political rallies in March and April, with minimal social distancing and very little mask-wearing.