New Delhi – Coronovirus is spreading much faster in India than any other country in the world, with experts worrying about the danger to the rest of the world.
India has been reporting an average of around 150,000 new cases in the last one week. On Tuesday, the country reported about 162,000 new infections – slightly more than the 168,912 fresh cases a day earlier, raising the total number of cases in the country to about 13.6 million.
Experts believe that the rise in infection in India is a threat to other parts of the world as international travel is not banned too much.
The founder and director of the Washington-based center, Drs. Ramnayan Lakshminarayan says, “The high infection rate in India is worrisome because it suggests that in the absence of movement restrictions, and with significant vaccination, the virus remains a serious threat.” As for disease dynamics, economics and policy told CBS News.
“But due to India’s size, it is unlikely that the world will be done with Kovid unless we are able to stop the epidemic here.”
India is now behind only the US, which has recorded more than 31 million cases. Brazil has 13.4 million cases at number three.
The US and Brazil have been adding about 70,000 new cases on an average daily for the past one week – a number that has now doubled in India. More than 171,000 people have died of the virus in India, 879 of them on Monday.
Professor K. K., President of Public Health Foundation of India. Srinath Reddy pointed out that if there are no significant travel restrictions, the growth of the virus is bound to reach other countries.
“We know how the British, Brazil and other variants of the virus arrived in other countries … so international travel is very worrying,” Reddy said.
Another epidemiologist, former head of epidemiology at the Indian Council of Medical Research, Drs. Lalit Kant agreed that the rise of COVID-19 cases in India would have a “ripple” effect globally.
India has taken a number of steps to curb the outbreak of the virus, ban meetings and impose precautionary measures such as the use of masks and penalties for violating social distinctions. More than half of India’s 29 states have either imposed nighttime curfews or weekend lockdowns have been implemented in some parts or across the state.
India’s western state of Maharashtra, for the country’s financial capital Mumbai, has been hit hardest. State officials announced strict restrictions such as new lockdowns for the next 15 days, with movement of people and the operation of businesses limited to essential services only. The state’s highest elected official, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, called his state’s dire situation a “war”, adding: “I am not saying lockdown right now, but there are strict restrictions. I know bread and butter is important but saving. Is. Important. ”
The state has reported more than 3.4 million cases so far, adding about 50,000 new cases daily.
New Delhi, like many other cities, has closed schools and colleges, restricted ceremonies at weddings and ceremonies and reduced the number of people allowed in buses, trains, restaurants and theaters.
However, the possibility of a complete and strict lockdown imposed in the entire country or its major parts a year ago is very low.The country’s economy and .
But there have already been reports of hundreds of lockdown-worried migrant workers in big cities like Mumbai and Delhi for their hometowns – similar to last year when millions of cash-less casual workers lost their jobs Walk hundreds of miles In their homes: One reason is believed to have contributed to the spread of the virus in the interiors of the country.
Elections and religious festivals during the epidemic
While the government is actively insisting on precautions and urging people to get vaccinated, on the other hand it has allowed mass election rallies in many states and large crowds in a Hindu religious festival. Has given – for which it has come under criticism. .
Politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi have led dozens of major election rallies in the last few weeks during the campaigning for multi-phase state elections in four large Indian states and one federal region. Footage of rallies shown by local TV news outlets showed harsh disregard for wearing masks and cautioning social distance.
An Assistant Professor Drs. Vikas Bajpai said, “If all governments were concerned and looked after people, there would not be such mass election rallies. There is a big difference in what this government says and does.” Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Bajpai highlighted the shortage of hospital beds, vaccines, oxygen cylinders in top Indian cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi, to argue that the government has failed to increase its health infrastructure in the last one year.
“I’m not talking about the rural areas of India … clearly, there is a sense of panic,” he said.
The government has also been criticized for failing to implement a COVID-appropriate practice or canceling the Kumbh Mela, a week-long Hindu festival in the northern Indian city of Haridwar.
At least three million people congregate on the banks of the river Ganges, considered sacred by Hindus, bathing in it to free themselves from their sins. There are more than a hundred devotees Tested positive For coronavirus.
The festival is held once every 12 years in one of the four major cities along the banks of the river: Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain.
India is soon approving further vaccinations
Amid reports of an increase in coronavirus cases and vaccine shortages, the Indian government is opening doors to all major vaccines globally.
On Tuesday, the Drugs Controller General of India approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. Limited doses of the vaccine are expected to be available in the country by the end of April. This will be the third vaccine to be used in India. The other two were Oxford-AstraZeneca (being made in India as Covishield) and indigenously produced Kovaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.
More than 100 million doses of the two vaccines have been administered so far. The government has set a target of 250 million vaccinations by the end of July.
The government has also said on Tuesday Fast tracked Emergency approvals for foreign-produced vaccines, so that Pfizer, Moderna and others will soon be available in India.
The Indian Ministry of Health said, “The first 100 beneficiaries of such foreign vaccines will be evaluated for seven days before the roll out for the vaccination program within the country.” Handout on Tuesday.