COVID-19: It’s Not Wave, It’s Tsunami in India
In the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, parts of India, including the capital Delhi, are facing severe disasters. Different hospitals are full of patients and people are dying without getting the treatment they need.
India’s Covid-19 situation has reached a terrible level. The crisis has been worsening day by day. The number of daily infections and fatalities is constantly increasing. The country almost every day is breaking the Coronavirus infection record.
To tackle the second wave of Coronavirus, India’s health system is at risk. In Delhi, most hospitals have experienced acute oxygen shortages and also many hospitals are not taking admission of patients.
According to a report of the Indian Express, the largest Covid facility in Delhi started to run out of oxygen on Sunday morning. The healthcare facilities throughout Delhi battle shortages of oxygen for the sixth consecutive day.
It’s not a wave, it’s a tsunami
The Delhi High Court on Saturday said that it is not a Coronavirus wave but actually a ‘tsunami’, Zeenews reports.
The court also said that if any official at the central, state or local administration was obstructing in the picking up or supply of oxygen, then it would ‘hang’ that person, the news portal report added.
A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli came up with the observation during a hearing of a plea by Maharaja Agrasen Hospital over shortage of oxygen for seriously ill Covid-19 patients, it said.
Reuters reports, Delhi is seeing one Covid-19 death in just under every four minutes.
India on Sunday set a new record in Covid-19 infections in the world. The country’s health ministry data showed that 2,767 people died overnight.
The country’s number of cases increased by 349,691 in the last 24 hours, which is the fourth consecutive day of record peaks.
India’s total Coronavirus cases reaches 16.96 million, and 192,311 people died due to the infection so far.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “storm” of Coronavirus infections has shaken India.
He called upon all the citizens to be vaccinated and exercise caution, Reuters reports.
Lockdown extended for seven days more in Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced of extending the lockdown for seven days more till May 3. The decision came as the positivity rate stands at an all-time high despite a week-long shutdown.
The lockdown restrictions will remain the same. The people with essential works are being allowed to travel by showing their identity cards. The others will be able to apply for an e-pass, Indian media report.
Bangladesh closes passenger travel from India
Bangladesh government has closed passenger travel from India. This will come into effect from Monday (April 26).
The initiative has been taken as India’s Coronavirus situation has deteriorated drastically, Bangladesh media report.
The closure will continue for next 14 days. Bangladesh has already suspended air travel with India for the rapid rise in Covid-19 infections.