India surpasses 20 million Covid-19 infections

The total number of Covid-19 infections in India today 4/5 has passed the 20 million mark while the pandemic continues to destroy hospitals in this country of 1.3 billion people.

The total number of Covid-19 infections in India has risen to 20.3 million. Photo: AFP

Over the past 24 hours, India recorded an additional 357,229 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number to 20.3 million, according to data from the Ministry of Health of India. The number of Covid-19 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours has also increased by 3,449 to 22,408. Many experts suspect the actual number is much higher.

Two weeks ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged states to see the blockade as “the last option”. But now, from political allies to top business leaders, US President Joe Biden’s top medical advisers see blockades as the only way to stop the bad Covid-19 outbreak. worst in the world.

There is still much controversy surrounding the Indian government’s anti-epidemic response. After Prime Minister Modi’s national anti-epidemic blockade last year without warning, a series of migrant workers rushed back to rural areas.

According to the South China Morning Post, at this point Prime Minister Modi wants to avoid the criticism of the blockade again, especially after his ruling Bharatiya Janata party failed in the election poll on May 2. in the state of West Bengal. Even the states run by the Bharatiya Janata party are ignoring Prime Minister Modi’s advice.

According to Catherine Blish, an infectious disease specialist at Stanford School of Medicine (USA), what’s happening now is a double disaster both medically and economically. “If there is a large number of people infected, it is not good for the people or the economy,” said Catherine Blish.

Medical experts believe that the most immediate and effective way to break the Covid-19 transmission chain is to ensure a sufficient distance from the population so that the virus does not spread from person to person. Anthony S. Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease specialist and many other experts all agree that a temporary blockade is crucial in fighting an epidemic.

While others argue that a nationwide blockade in India is impossible and will be catastrophic for the poor, who are suffering the most from the epidemic. The Indian federal government has left states to block their own decisions and places like New Delhi, the financial center of Mumbai, have taken measures to prevent epidemics, but the level of strictness is not equal to last year.

Indian hospitals are struggling to find the source of oxygen for the Covid-19 patient while the victim’s body is piled up in crematoriums. So, a blockade can cause Indian people miserable, by blockade can cause people suddenly lost livelihoods and dragged back to the countryside once again, leading to a higher chance of the virus spreading in these areas.

Experts say that, instead of a strict blockade, local governments in India can stop socio-economic activities in places where social gap is difficult to apply. Ashish Jha, Principal of Brown University’s School of Public Health noted: “It is entirely possible to limit indoor retail, restaurants, and stores as much as possible, as well as any gathering activities. in the home”.