Fmtnews, Covid 19

Fmtnews, Covid 19

'Deaths in almost every second house' as Covid reaches rural India

Infections wreak havoc on the health system, spreading from towns to vast countryside.

6/5/2021 8:34:00 AM

Infections wreak havoc on the health system, spreading from towns to vast countryside. FMTNews Covid19 India

Infections wreak havoc on the health system, spreading from towns to vast countryside.

By-May 6, 2021 1:05 PMExhausted workers rest on the rear step of an ambulance at a cremation site in New Delhi on April 24. (AP pic)BENGALURU: India reported a record 412,262 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside.

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Covid-19 infections in the world’s second most populous nation have surged past 21 million, with a death toll of 230,168, health ministry data show.With hospitals scrabbling for beds and oxygen in response to the surge in infections, the World Health Organization said in a weekly report that India accounted for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported worldwide last week and a quarter of the deaths.

Medical experts say India’s actual figures could be five to 10 times the official tallies.India’s Covid-19 crisis has been most acute in the capital, New Delhi, among other cities, but in rural areas — home to nearly 70% of India’s 1.3 billion people — limited public healthcare is posing more challenges.

“The situation has become dangerous in villages,” said Suresh Kumar, a field coordinator with Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan, a human rights charity.In some villages where the charity works in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh — home to about 200 million people — “there are deaths in almost every second house”, he said.

“People are scared and huddled in their homes with fever and cough. The symptoms are all of Covid-19, but with no information available many think it is seasonal flu.”The country’s top scientific adviser has warned of a possible third wave of infections.

“Phase 3 is inevitable, given the high levels of circulating virus,” the government’s principal scientific adviser, K VijayRaghavan told a news briefing on Wednesday.“But it is not clear on what time scale this phase 3 will occur … We should prepare for new waves.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been widely criticised for not acting sooner to suppress the second wave after religious festivals and political rallies drew tens of thousands of people in recent weeks and became “super spreader” events.The surge in infections has also coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations because of supply and delivery problems, despite India being a major vaccine producer.

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