India’s new coronavirus cases dipped marginally on deaths from COVID-19 jumped by a record 3,689, with one more state going into lockdown as the nation’s creaky healthcare system is unable to cope with the massive caseload.
Authorities reported 392,488 new cases in the previous 24 hours, pushing total cases to 19.56 million. So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people. India reported a record 401,993 new coronavirus cases on Saturday.
Indian hospitals, morgues, and crematoriums have been overwhelmed as the country has reported more than 300,000 daily cases for more than 10 days straight. Many families have been left on their own to scramble for medicines and oxygen. Dozens of people have died in the last week due to a shortage of oxygen in hospitals in Delhi alone.
The major spike in cases has also led to a shortfall in medical staff and, according to media reports, the government is planning to incentivize medicine and nursing students for helping in COVID-19 facilities.
On Sunday, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it would send more ventilators for India “very shortly”.
Modi’s government has been criticized for letting millions of largely unmasked people attend religious festivals and crowded political rallies in five states through March and April. Daily cases in these states have spiked since then.
“We are in a very grave situation,” said Shanta Dutta, a medical research scientist at the state-run National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases. “People listen to politicians more than scientists.”
Rakesh Mishra, director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, which is part of INSACOG, said the country’s scientific community was dejected.
“We could have done better, our science could have been given more significance,” “What we observed in whatever little way, that should have been used better.”
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