India’s tally exceeds 20 million, increased by 357,229 new cases in the past 24 hours, while deaths rise by 3,449 for a total of 222,408.
India confirmed more than 20 million coronavirus infections in the official total on Tuesday, although the figure is considered a considerable undercoverage.
A vicious surge in COVID-19 cases has left the country’s healthcare system at breaking point, with hospitals running out of oxygen and nearly all hospital beds occupied.
The country has witnessed scenes of people dying in front of overwhelmed hospitals and funeral pyres lighting up the night sky.
Here are the latest updates:
‘Horrible’ weeks to come, prominent expert warns
Dr Ashish Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University in the United States, expressed concern that Indian policymakers he has been in contact with believe things will get better. in the next few days.
“I… tried to tell them, ‘If everything goes well, things will be horrible for the next few weeks. And it might take a lot longer, ”he said.
Jha said the focus should be on “classic” public health measures: targeted closures, more testing, wearing universal masks and avoiding large gatherings. “This is what is going to break the back of this wave,” he said.
The number of COVID-19 infections in India exceeds 20 million
The number of coronavirus infections in India has exceeded 20 million, increased by 357,229 new cases in the past 24 hours, while deaths increased by 3,449 for a total of 222,408 deaths, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
India becomes the second nation in the world, after the United States, to cross the dark course. It took just over four months for the South Asian country to add 10 million cases, compared to more than 10 months for its first 10 million.
Virus crisis in India is ‘disaster like an earthquake’
Doctors at New Delhi hospitals say their infrastructure is on the verge of collapsing amid the coronavirus outbreak in India and have asked for help from the West and the international community.
The beds are full and the oxygen supply has become dangerously low in the institutions, leading to an increase in deaths. In some cases, the only way for a new patient to get a bed in the intensive care unit is if the previous occupant dies.
The crisis does not appear to show any sign of abating, which means medical staff are also on the verge of exhaustion.
A doctor likened the situation to a “major disaster” and said that a response comparable to that given after an earthquake was needed.