India Units Covid-19 Day by day Case Report
India’s rapidly deteriorating coronavirus outbreak is now increasing at a rate beyond what has been seen in more than a year of the pandemic: The Ministry of Health reported more than 310,000 new infections on Thursday, most in one country in a single day.
India’s total score surpassed the daily high of 300,669 registered coronavirus cases recorded in the U.S. on Jan. 8, according to a New York Times database, although test levels varied from country to country and early on there was a widespread lack of testing Make comparisons difficult in the pandemic.
In the past two months, the outbreak has exploded in India. Reports of superspreaders gatherings, lack of oxygen and ambulances were pending outside the hospitals because there were no ventilators for new patients.
With cases hitting weekly records worldwide, a significant proportion of the new infections come to India. This is a sobering reminder that the pandemic is far from over, even as infections recede and vaccinations advance in the US and other wealthy parts of the world. India has so far exceeded 15.6 million reported infections, second only to the US.
The death toll has also risen sharply.
The Indian government recorded 2,104 deaths on Thursday and an average of more than 1,600 people died from the virus every day for the past week. That’s less than the toll at the worst points of the pandemic in the US or Brazil, but it’s a steep increase from two months ago when less than 100 people died daily in India.
There are signs that the country’s healthcare system, which was already inconsistent before the pandemic, is collapsing under the strain. At least 22 people died in an accident in downtown Nashik on Tuesday when a leak in a hospital’s main oxygen tank cut off oxygen flow to Covid-19 patients.
The picture is astonishingly different from early February, when India averaged just 11,000 cases a day and domestic drug companies pumped millions of doses of vaccine. More than 132 million Indians have received at least one dose, but supplies are running low and experts warn the country is unlikely to meet its goal of vaccinating 300 million people by the summer.
Critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who imposed a tough nationwide lockdown in March 2020 in the early stages of the pandemic, failed to prepare for a second wave or warned Indians to remain vigilant about the virus, especially as infectious variants became increasingly emerging spread out.
Mr. Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has also allowed a massive Hindu festival that drew millions of pilgrims to the banks of the Ganges, and his party has held numerous political rallies in several states.
“India’s rapid slide into this unprecedented crisis is a direct result of government complacency and unpreparedness,” Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Washington Center for the Dynamics, Economics and Politics of Disease, wrote Tuesday in the New York Times.
The hardest hit region is Maharashtra, a populous western state that also includes Mumbai’s financial center. On Wednesday, the top head of state ordered government offices to operate at 15 percent capacity and imposed new restrictions on weddings and private transportation to slow the spread of the virus.
This week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga canceled plans to visit India. On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said direct flights from India would be reduced by about 30 percent and that Australians would only be allowed to travel to India under “very urgent circumstances”. Canada has also suspended all direct flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days starting Thursday evening.