India turns to ex-army medics as COVID surge sparks calls for lockdown
MUMBAI -India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections
Some 400 medical officers are expected to serve on contract for a maximum of 11 months, the ministry said in a press release, adding that other defence doctors had also been contacted for online consultations.COVID-19 cases and deaths have been hitting records every two or three days. Deaths rose by more than 4,000 for a second consecutive day on Sunday.
Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the past month while others have announced restrictions on public movement and shut down cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.But pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown as it did during the first wave last year.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a “complete, well-planned, pre-announced” lockdown instead of sporadic night curfews and restrictions imposed by states for a few days at a time.“IMA is astonished to see the extreme lethargy and inappropriate actions from the ministry of health in combating the agonizing crisis born out of the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement on Saturday. headtopics.com
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top White House coronavirus adviser, said on Sunday he has advised Indian authorities they need to shut down.“You’ve got to shut down. I believe several of the 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,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week” television program.
Modi is battling criticism for allowing huge gatherings at a religious festival and holding large election rallies over the past two months even as COVID-19 cases were surging.The health ministry reported 4,092 deaths 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 on Saturday reported its highest ever single-day COVID-19 death toll of 4,187. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see 1 million COVID-19 deaths by August.With an acute shortage of oxygen and beds in many hospitals and with morgues and crematoriums overflowing, experts have said the actual numbers for COVID-19 cases and fatalities could be far higher than reported.
The world’s largest vaccine-producing nation has fully vaccinated just over 34.3 million, or only 2.5%, of its 1.35 billion population as of Sunday, according to data from the government’s Co-WIN portal.Support has been pouring in from around the world in the form of oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment. headtopics.com
Read NextWhat explains Duterte’s behavior toward China?Disclaimer:The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.Read more: Cebu Daily News »
Some business owners eye separate spaces for vaccinated, unvaccinated workers and guests
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion floats the idea that offices and select establishments should consider separating vaccinated people from the unvaccinated to minimize exposure. But the Justice Department warns of potential
India Covid-19 deaths surge past 4,000LOOK: Family members perform the last rites during the cremation of their loved one who died due to COVID-19 in Allahabad, India on Saturday. If Wala Lang Covid dito satin filipinos is smiling now but more❤️
In COVID-hit India, a 26-year-old doctor decides who lives and who diesRohan Aggarwal hasn't even completed his medical training. And yet, at one of the best hospitals in India, he is the doctor who must decide who will live and who will die when patients come to him gasping for breath. 📷: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui READ:
More people are dying from Covid in India than at any stage of the pandemicIndia's daily COVID-19 death toll surpassed 4,000 for the first time on Saturday. Lol u mean 40,000
WHO classifies COVID-19 variant first identified in India as a variant of concernA “variant of concern” label indicates that the identified variant may show, among other indicators, evidence of increased transmissibility or evidence of increased severity.
WHO: COVID-19 variant in India classified as being ‘of concern’The WHO insisted though that it was far too early to interpret this to mean that the variant might have more resistance to vaccine protections.