COVID-19: India records 349,691 new infections in another daily global record

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    India has set a new global record for daily coronavirus infections - for the fourth day in a row. Its health ministry reported 349,691 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 16.96 million, second only to the US. India first surpassed the US's daily record of 297,430 on Thursday, when it announced just under 315,000 new cases.



    A boy reacts next to the body of his father, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium in New Delhi, India April 24, 2021

    Image: In the capital, New Delhi, one person is said to be dying of COVID-19 every four minutes





    Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carry bodies

    Image: India has recorded its highest number of daily coronavirus deaths so far



    The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period is 2,767 - India's highest number so far. Total fatalities have now reached 192,311.
    In the capital, New Delhi, one person is said to be dying of COVID-19 every four minutes. Oxygen remains in short supply. Max Healthcare, which runs a network of hospitals in northern India, tweeted that it could run out in under two hours.




    Another big chain, Fortis Healthcare, said it was "running on backup".Oxygen is being transported to New Delhi on military planes and trains - from elsewhere in India and from other countries, including Singapore.But the situation is still critical. "Every hospital is running out (of oxygen). We are running out," Dr. Sudhanshu Bankata, executive director of Batra Hospital in the capital, told New Delhi Television.




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    Delhi hospital overwhelmed by COVIDAt least 20 COVID patients in the critical care unit of New Delhi's Jaipur Golden Hospital died overnight because "oxygen pressure was low," the Indian Express newspaper reported. Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford reported that people were dying on the pavement outside a major hospital in New Delhi. There were distraught relatives sobbing and hugging each other every way you looked, she said.




    Health workers transporting a coronavirus patient in Delhi

    Image: Health workers transporting a COVID patient in the capital




    A patient suffering from coronavirus waits to be admitted to hospital in Delhi

    Image: A patient suffering from coronavirus waits to be admitted to a hospital in Delhi



    The US said it was deeply concerned about the situation in India and vowed to send support. A White House spokeswoman said: "We are in active conversations at high levels and plan to quickly deploy additional support to the government of India and Indian health care workers as they battle this latest severe outbreak."We will have more to share very soon," they told Reuters. Health experts and critics say a downward trend in infections late last year lulled authorities into complacency, and blame politicians and government authorities for allowing super-spreader events including religious festivals and election rallies to take place as recently as this month. Dr. Anant Bhan, bioethics and global health expert, tweeted this week: "It's not the virus variants and mutations which are a key cause of the current rise in infections."It's the variants of ineptitude and abdication of public health thinking by our decision-makers."





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    imhotep

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    The take home message of this post are the last two sentences.....

    "It's not the virus variants and mutations which are a key cause of the current rise in infections."It's the variants of ineptitude and abdication of public health thinking by our decision-makers."

    Many get carried away by the unproven media reporting on how bad a variant could be. As I mentioned before, only last week the detailed study of the much hyped B.1.1.7 UK variant was released.
    The conclusion: "No association of the variant with severe disease in this cohort."

    Some others does seem to think that since a PCR cannot detect these variants... and these must be more virulent. If you use the incorrect PCR kit of course variants will show negative results for a Covid infected patient.
    What happened to India, did happen in other places before and we are not immune either to the same fate unless care is taken.