New Delhi, May 3: More than 300,000 new corona virus cases were reported in India on Monday, the 12th day, bringing its total burden to just 20 million, while the death toll in Covid 19 rose to 3,417 in a day.
In 368,147 new cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of infections in India is 19.93 million, while the total death toll is 218,959, according to the Ministry of Health.
In a country of 1.35 billion, the actual number could be five to 10 times higher than official figures, medical experts say.
Hospitals have run out of capacity, medical oxygen supplies are scarce and chickens and cemeteries have been replaced as the country copes with the increase.
At least 11 states and territories have imposed some restrictions to prevent infection, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been reluctant to impose a national lockdown on economic impact.
“In my opinion, simply declaring a national order and a medical emergency in the Home Order will help address the current health care needs,” Bharmar Mukherjee, an expert at the University of Michigan, said on Twitter.
“The number of active cases is accumulating, not just new cases every day. Even the reported number indicates that there are about 3.5 MM active cases.
The rise in infections is India’s biggest crisis since Modi took office in 2014. Modi has been criticized for not taking the first step to curb the spread and for allowing millions of unruly people to attend religious festivals and crowded political rallies during March and April.
A government-appointed forum of scientific advisers warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious disease of the coronavirus in the country, five scientists who took part in the forum said. Told Reuters.
Despite the warnings, four scientists said the federal government did not try to impose major restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Read more
It remains to be seen what political impact this deal with the crisis will have on Modi or his party. The next general election is scheduled for 2024. In the results announced on Sunday, Modi’s party lost in the Indian state of West Bengal, although it won in the neighboring state of Assam.
On Sunday, leaders of 13 opposition parties signed a letter asking Modi to immediately start free national vaccinations and give priority to providing oxygen to hospitals and health centers.
Several states postponed the adult vaccination campaign on Saturday due to a lack of vaccines. The National Ministry of Health says states have 10 million vaccines in stock and 2 million more vaccines coming in the next three days.
Despite being the world’s largest vaccine maker, India does not have enough to thwart vaccination and expansion plans since Saturday. Of its 1.4 billion people, only 9% have received food.
Due to a shortage of raw materials and a fire at the Serum Institute, India is struggling to increase its capacity to more than 80 million doses a month, leading to the creation of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
International aid is flowing into India.
The government said on Sunday that Britain would send another 1,000 ventilators to India. Talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Modi are scheduled for Tuesday.
At least 17 countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Iran, have now been reached in the Indian Quad-19, which has led many governments to close their borders to people traveling from India.