World India COVID-19 deaths could touch 1 million by August: Lancet
The world could be doing much more to help India
Countries can’t go it alone in tackling Covid-19.Now, there are so many people with severe Covid-19 that health care workers like him in several cities have to make difficult decisions about which patients to move to the ICU, who gets put on a ventilator, whom to give oxygen — if those options are even available.
COVID-19 deaths in India could potentially reach a “staggering” one million by August 1 this year, an editorial published in medical journalsaid citing an estimate by – an independent global health research centre of the University of Washington.
“The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see a staggering 1 million deaths from COVID-19 by Aug 1. If that outcome were to happen, [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi’s government would be responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe,” it said.
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The pandemic is ravaging India at the same moment that it is receding in the United States.On top of the grief and anger she’s feeling, Shindé has been struggling to comprehend the “surreal, stark contrast” between her own safety in Charlotte—where restrictions are loosening—and the catastrophe upending life back home. Then, on Thursday, Shindé emailed to tell me that another one of her aunts had just died from COVID-19.
India’s health ministry reported on Sunday 4,092 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 242,362. New cases rose by 403,738, just shy of the record and increasing the total since the start of the pandemic to 22.3 million. India has seen 10 million cases in the last four months.
New Delhi has struggled to contain the outbreak, which has overwhelmed its healthcare system, and manysuspect the official death and case numbers are a gross underestimate.
The journal said that the government’s COVID-19 task force had not met in months until April – when the virus spiked.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that a forum of scientific advisers set up by the government had warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country. Four of the scientists told Reuters that the federal government did not seek to impose major restrictions to stop the spread of the virus despite their warnings.
24 COVID Patients Die in 1 Hospital Amid India's Oxygen Shortage
After 24 people died in one Indian hospital, many are attributing the deaths to a lack of oxygen. An investigation has been called for.Twenty-four COVID-19 patients died at a government-run hospital in the southern state of Karnataka on Sunday into Monday. Many people are attributing the deaths to a lack of oxygen and blaming the central government.
The government allowed Hindu religious festivals participated in by millions while Prime Minister Modi, leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition politicians held political rallies for regional elections. These events, experts said, turned out to be “super-spreaders”.
The editorial called on the Indian government to adopt a “two-pronged” strategy to fight against the epidemic by speeding up nationwide vaccination and reducing transmission of the deadly virus.
“The success of that effort will depend on the government owning up to its mistakes, providing responsible leadership and transparency, and implementing a public health response that has science at its heart,” it said.
The medical journal said that Modi’s attempts to stifle criticism were “inexcusable”. “At times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has seemed more intent on removing criticism on Twitter than trying to control the pandemic.”
India’s ruling party just lost a key election. It’s worrying that they even stood a chance.
The defeat in the state of West Bengal, together with the coronavirus crisis, exposes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s weak points. But the election also hints at the authoritarian’s enduring strengths.But this weekend saw a notable setback for Modi: an electoral defeat by a larger-than-expected margin.
India has been hit hard by a second COVID-19 wave with cases and deaths hitting record highs every other day. With an acute shortage of oxygen and beds in many hospitals, and morgues and crematoriums overflowing, experts say the actual numbers for COVID-19 cases and fatalities could be far higher in the country.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist told AFP news agency that the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19, which was first detected in India last October, was clearly a contributing factor to the catastrophe unfolding in the world’s second-most populous nation.
“There have been many accelerators that are fed into this,” Soumya Swaminathan, 62, said, adding that the new variant may be dodging vaccine protections.
Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the past month, with the capital New Delhi extending it on Sunday, to stem the surge in infections while others have announced restrictions on public movement and shut down cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.
The pressure is mounting on Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown similar to the one imposed during the first wave last year.
Support has been pouring in from around the world in the form of oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment for overwhelmed hospitals.
Why India needs oxygen more urgently than vaccines .
The biggest problem may not be the supply itself as much as access to it.Last week, Covid-19 became India’s No. 1 killer. One million people in a country with a population of 1.3 billion are predicted to die of Covid-19 by August. As of May 7, 150 people were reportedly dying every hour, and while 29 million have been fully vaccinated there, vaccines are not what is most urgently needed right now.