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World COVID in India: 315.000 cases in 24h, shortage of oxygen and beds in hospitals

14:50  22 april  2021
14:50  22 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Covid en Inde: 315.000 cas en 24h, pénurie d'oxygène et de lits dans les hôpitaux © provided by the point

The India has identified nearly 315,000 new cases of Covid-19 on 24 hours, beating a Terrible world record, while the situation speaks in hospitals confronted with a shortage of oxygen and beds.

The second epidemic wave, which is in particular attributed to a "double mutation" of the virus but also to maintaining mass gatherings that have favored contaminations, has again highlighted the obsolescence of the Indian health system.

The Ministry of Health stated on Thursday 314,835 new contaminations, a daily assessment that no country in the world had previously registered.

India counts 15.9 million cases in total since the beginning of the pandemic, the second most affected country in number of cases before the 14.12 million registered in Brazil .

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But Brazil with its 212 million inhabitants deplore some 381,000 dead, twice as much as India with its 1.3 billion inhabitants.

A total of 2.074 deaths were listed on 24 hours in India, bringing the official balance of the epidemic to nearly 185,000 dead. The number of cases and deaths per capita, however, remains significantly lower in India to that of many other countries.

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Several hospitals and clinics in the capital have launched a desperate call to the central government to provide urgent oxygen reserves to power hundreds of patients under fan.

Wednesday, the capital received 500 tons of oxygen, but this supply is well below the 700 daily tonnes now necessary.

The Government of Megacity of 25 million residents accused the neighboring states governed by the BJP, Party of the National Administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi , delay supply.

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"We try to ensure that every oxygen truck reaches hospitals," said Delhi Arvind Kejriwal's Prime Minister on Thursday, accanantly featured that oxygen has been transported from the state of Odisha ( is).

Wednesday evening, the High Court of Delhi had ordered the government to ensure the safe transition from the supplies of oxygen from the plants to the hospitals of India.

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of the families of disappaching patients are forced to pay exorbitant prices on the black market for drugs and oxygen, and social networks are flooded with desperate calls for help.

The hospitals of the state of Maharashtra (west), and its overcrowded capital, Bombay, epicenter of coronavirus thrust, also experience serious shortages.

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"We pay poor government management", estimates at the AFP Ananya Bhatt, a 22-year-old student. "What kind of country suggests, in this way, his citizens?"

trips abroad controlled

The country states have imposed various restrictions: since Monday night Delhi is confined for a week, all non-essential stores have been closed in Maharashtra, and the state of Uttar Pradesh, which has 200 million inhabitants, imposes confinement during the weekend.

The health crisis, however, did not prevent Prime Minister Narendra Mod to exhort his constituents from Western Bengal to "exercise their right to vote" while elections take place in some parts of the state.

Western Bengal is hit hard by the crisis, its capital Calcutta is "faced with a serious shortage of hospital beds," said AFP Kunar Sarkar, Senior Vice President of Medica Superspeciality Hospital.

"The oxygen-supplied beds fill up quickly. At least 100 people are reported before each hospital in the city," he added.

The United States now advises trips to India, even for the entirely vaccinated people, Great Britain has added India to its "Red List", Hong Kong and New Zealand have banned flights.

France is now imposing travelers from India a mandatory isolation of ten days upon arrival.

India has administered more than 130 million vaccines so far and, as of May 1, all adults can be vaccinated.

22/04/2021 12:59:21 - New Delhi (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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