Kritika Pathi and Seth Salik have reported to the Associated Press from New Delhi on the latest situation in India. He says there is no space at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital – almost all the 500 beds are reserved for Kovid patients. And with new patients coming in every day, one doctor said the hospital is being forced to add beds every other day.
Waiting lists in some of the city’s hospitals are so unreasonable that “numbers cannot determine the burden on hospitals,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Om Srivastava said.
Such scenes were common last year, when India became the most affected country, with more than 100,000 daily cases. Over the months, infections have dwindled, experts say, but since February, cases have risen faster than ever before, compared to a seven-day rolling average of 1,000,000. On Thursday, more than 2,000,000 cases were reported in India, the highest increase in six months.
“I think it will be worse than last year,” Srivastava said. “If it doesn’t work out in a few months, we could be in for a long distance.”
Experts say India desperately needs to accelerate vaccinations, which began sluggishly in January. His campaign is being expanded to include more than 45 people in the country from Thursday.
After lockdown and declining cases, life in India had returned to normal in many places. Markets are connecting with people, politicians are addressing massive rallies in local elections and religious gatherings in the state of Uttarakhand are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of devotees in the month of April.
International travel has also resumed in high volume, bringing variables found for the first time in the UK, South Africa and Brazil. India has also confirmed a new and potentially difficult change at home. Officials have warned against linking variables to growth, and experts say more detailed genomic analysis is needed to determine how much they are contributing to growth.
K Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, said, “The careless mob behavior, the laxity of the government’s vigilance and the delusional vision of mob immunity is a complete storm.” “The virus passed through doors that were left open.”