Rumors of a national lockdown in India are increasing – Big shortages in hospitals, incinerators filled
Demands for enforcement are growing in India lockdown Nationwide, as new coronavirus cases and deaths from COVID-19 remain near recent record lows, increasing pressure on the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Her Ministry of Health India announced currently 366,161 new cases and 3,754 deaths, a slight decrease from recent records. The total number of new coronavirus cases in the country has now risen to 22.66 million and deaths from COVID-19 to 246,116.
As hospitals struggle to address acute oxygen shortages and beds and the morgues and crematoria are full, experts point out that the actual numbers may be much higher than those recorded.
Besides, as broadcast by AMPE, the 1.47 million samples that were examined yesterday Sunday for a new coronavirus were the lowest this month, according to data from the Indian State Medical Research Council. That compares with a daily average of 1.7 million in the first eight days of May.
Many states have imposed strict lockdowns this month, while others have adopted travel restrictions and closed cinemas, restaurants, pubs and malls.
However, pressure is mounting on Monti to announce a national lockdown, as he did during the first wave of the epidemic last year.
The Indian prime minister has been criticized for allowing huge gatherings at religious festivals and large rallies in the past two months, although the number of cases has risen.
“Failure to Govern Epic and Historical Dimensions,” wrote Vipin Narad, a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, on Twitter.
Yesterday Sunday, the highest-ranking White House adviser on the new coronavirus, Dr Anthony Fauci said he had advised the Indian authorities that they needed to impose a lockdown.
“You have to close,” Fauci told ABC television program “This Week.” “I think some Indian states have already done that, but you need to break the chain of transmission. And one of the ways to do that is to shut down. “
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also requested one “Complete, well designed, announced” lockdown.
The country’s capital, New Delhi, has entered a fourth week of lockdowns, under which tighter restrictions apply, such as the closure of the suburban rail network, as residents struggle with a lack of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.
“This is not the time to be lazy,” said Arvid Ketzrial, the city’s chief of staff.
“This phase is so hard, this wave is so dangerous, so many people are dying (…) the priority these hours is to save lives,” he said in a televised address.
Late last night, the northern state of Uttarakhand announced that it would impose a traffic ban from tomorrow, Tuesday to May 18, just a few days after mass religious gatherings in the state, which were hotbeds of over-transmission.
Shops selling fruit, vegetables and dairy will be open for a few hours in the morning, while malls, gyms, theaters, bars and spirits are among the businesses that will close, according to the government.
India, meanwhile, the world’s largest producer of vaccines, had just vaccinated just over 34.3 million people against COVID-19 by yesterday. only 2.5% of its population of about 1.35 billion, according to government figures.