Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced the warning of the country’s worsening COVID-19 crisis as 4,000 more people died from the virus for the third day in a row on Friday.
Modi said his government It is “at war” trying to control the new corona, which was first detected in India and is now spreading worldwide.
The highly contagious variable B.1.617 is sweeping the country, with the coronavirus infected in India surpassing 24 million on Friday.
“The epidemic is reaching rural areas at high speed,” Modi told farmers during a virtual meeting, according to Reuters.[virus]. ”
The outbreak left rural India a dire reality as rural hospitals were damaged, bodies washed up on the shores of the Ganges and crematoriums ran out of wood for funerals.
The Prime Minister̵7;s speech to residents of rural areas signaled the growing severity of the virus spreading in India. While about two-thirds of Indians live in rural towns and villages where facilities and healthcare resources are limited, Modi has refrained from discussing the impact of outbreaks in these areas.
Friday’s speech marks the first time he addresses the coronavirus, particularly in rural India, since the second wave broke out in February.
“All government departments, all our resources, our forces, our scientists, all working day and night against COVID together,” Modi said.
The prime minister has faced growing pressure to impose an exit from the country, although some experts have questioned whether the measure would be effective at such a large scale.
“We are aware … the anxiety expressed by international observers … but you cannot wrap India all in one blanket,” K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Indian Health Foundation, told the discussion at the Thursday
Most states have required full or partial exits amid rising tide. Many mosques have been forced to close or comply with social exclusion measures as India’s 200 million Muslims mark the end of Ramadan on Wednesday with the Eid.
The celebrations were somewhat limited compared to the massive Hindu gathering that took place in the northern part of the country in February, an event that received widespread criticism of Modi’s leadership during the global health crisis.
Modi faces scrutiny as the country tries to vaccinate its residents amid the shocking COVID-19 situation, while India is the world’s largest producer of the vaccine. But the country has vaccinated for just 2.9 percent of the population as of Friday, Modi pledges to dramatically speed up the rollout of the vaccine in the coming months.