India postponed examinations for doctors and practicing nurses on Monday, leaving them to fight the world’s highest increase in coronavirus infection as health systems collapse under the weight of new patients and hospitals have none. Bed and oxygen
The total number of infected so far has grown to just 20 million, for the 12th straight day out of more than 300,000 new cases in the first virus-induced outbreak in central China at the end of the year. 2019
Medical experts say the real numbers in India could be 5-10 times higher than reported.
The hospital was full of capacity, medical oxygen equipment was running low, and the morgue and crematorium were full of corpses. Patients are dying on hospital beds, in ambulances and in outside car parks.
“Every time we struggle to meet our oxygen tank quota,” said BH Narayan Rao, an urban district official. Chamarajanagar South said, where 24 COVID-19 patients died, some of them due to a suspected shortage of oxygen devices.
“It’s a day-to-day fight,” Rao adds, as he explains the chaotic hijacking of supplies.
In many cases, volunteers came to the rescue.
Outside a temple in the capital New Delhi, a Sikh volunteer is giving oxygen to a patient lying on a bench inside a makeshift tent, about to a giant cylinder.Every 20 minutes, a new patient is introduced.
“No one should die due to lack of oxygen otherwise. But now it’s all that everyone needs, ”operator Gurpreet Singh Rummy told Reuters.
Total infections since the epidemic had reached 19.93 million in India, a new 368,147 increase over the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose 3,417 to 218,959. 3.4 million people
The health ministry said it had positive hopes compared with the number of tests dropped Monday for the first time since at least April 15.
Modeling by a team of government advisers shows coronavirus cases may reach their peak by Wednesday this week, a few days earlier than earlier estimates, as the virus spreads faster than it did. Expected
At least 11 states and regions have suspended a movement to stop the infection. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, widely criticized for letting the crisis spin out of control, was reluctant to announce the shutdown, concerned about the economic impact.
“In my opinion, only a national mandatory home stay and a medical emergency declaration will help meet current health care needs,” said Phramar Mukherjee, epidemiologist. Of the University of Michigan said on Twitter.
Critical test mode
As the medical facility was nearing the breaking point, the government postponed doctors and nurses examinations to allow some to join the fight against the coronavirus with existing personnel.
In Pune, which is the second largest city in Maharashtra, Dr. Megand Penurgar returned to work just days after losing his father from COVID-19.His mother and brother were in hospital with the virus. But the patient is waiting to meet him.
“It’s a very difficult situation,” he said. “Because I’ve been through this situation, I can’t let other patients face their fate.”
Modi has been criticized for not moving faster to limit its spread and let millions of undisclosed people attend crowded religious festivals and political gatherings in five states during March; and April
In early March, a forum of government scientific advisors warned officials about the new, more contagious coronavirus, five members told Reuters.
Despite the warnings, four scientists said the government was not trying to set the main boundaries.
With the next general election due in 2024, it remains to wait to see how the pandemic could affect him or his party. His Hindu nationalist party was defeated on Sunday in a state poll in the eastern state of West Bengal, despite winning in neighboring Assam.
The leaders of the 13 opposition parties called on Modi to send a letter on Sunday to open free national vaccinations and prioritize oxygen equipment to hospitals and health centers.
It’s even the world’s largest producer of vaccines. But India is not enough for itself, with only 9% of the 1.35 billion people taking the drug.
The daily picture fell sharply from an all-time high earlier this month as domestic firms struggled to increase supplies. The vaccination center in Mumbai was abandoned after the state government said it did not have enough equipment to provide a second dose to adults over 45.
Only available in limited quantities for people aged 18-44 and entering is not permitted.
India is trying to increase production to more than 80 million doses per month due to a shortage of raw materials and a fire at the Serum Institute which produces AstraZeneca vaccines.
Another producer, Pfizer Inc (Pfizer.N), is in talks with the government to “Urgent approval” of the vaccine, Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on LinkedIn, announcing more than $ 70 million in drug donations.
India last month said its drug regulators would make a three-day decision on emergency use for foreign vaccines, including Pfizer’s.
International aid poured in to respond to the crisis.
Britain will send 1,000 more ventilators to India, the government said on Sunday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Modi are scheduled to talk on Tuesday.
India’s COVID-19 species has now reached at least 17 countries, including Britain, Iran and Switzerland, prompting countries to close borders from travelers from India.
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