As pressure mounts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, India is being urged to impose a nationwide lockdown on new coronavirus cases and near-death deaths.
The health ministry on Monday received reports of 3,366,111 new infections and 3,7554 deaths, some distance from the recent peak. The number of infections in India is currently 22.66 million, 246,116 people have died.
With many hospitals overcrowded with morgues and crematoriums overcame with severe shortages of oxygen and beds, experts say the actual figures in India could be much higher than reported.
The 1.4747 million samples tested for COVID-19 on Sunday were the lowest this month, according to data from the state-run Indian Medical Research Council. The figure compares with a daily average of 1.7 million in the first eight days of May.
On Saturday, India reported its highest single-day COVID-19 death toll at 4,187. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that one million Kovid-19s will die in India by August.
Many states have imposed severe lockdowns over the past month and others have shut down traffic and closed cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.
But as Modi did during the first wave of transition last year, pressure is mounting to declare a nationwide lockdown.
Despite the increase in the number of cases, in the last two months he has been fighting criticism for allowing a large gathering at a religious festival and for holding a massive election rally.
Bipin Narang, a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, said on Twitter that “the failure of the regime to have an epic and historic historical ratio.”
Ex-Army Medics will be recruited
Meanwhile, India’s defense ministry has said it will recruit hundreds of ex-army medics to support its uninterrupted healthcare system.
The ministry said in a press release on Sunday that about 400 medical officers are expected to serve on contracts for a maximum of 11 months, while other military doctors were also contacted for online consultations.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a “complete, well-planned, pre-announced” lockdown instead of night curfews and restrictions that have been scattered by states for several days at a time.
“The IMA is surprised by the extreme laziness and inappropriate action of the Ministry of Health in tackling the crisis arising from the devastating second wave of the COVD-1P epidemic,” a statement said on Saturday.
On Sunday, the White House’s top coron virus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fawcett, said he had advised Indian authorities that they should be stopped.
“You have to stop. I believe several states in India have already done it, but you have to break the chain of transmission. And one way to do that is to stop,” Faki said on this week’s ABC television program.
The capital, New Delhi, has entered its fourth week of locking up with severe disruptions such as the closure of the suburban rail network, while residents have been shaken by hospital beds and oxygen supplies.
On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “This is not the time to be light.
“This episode is so tough, this wave is so dangerous, so many people are dying … the priority at the moment is to save lives,” he said in a televised address.
Towards the end of Sunday, the northern state announced it would impose a curfew from Tuesday to May 16, just days after mass religious rallies in the state turned into a virus super spread.
Shops selling fruits, vegetables and dairy products will be open for a few hours in the morning, and malls, gyms, theaters, bars and liquor stores will be closed, the government said.
As of Sunday, only 34.3 million or 2.5 percent of its 1.33 billion population had been fully vaccinated, according to the government’s Co-Wine Portal.
Support continues around the world in the form of oxygen cylinders and condensers, ventilators and other treatment equipment.