India Covid Deaths Soar Toll Past 250,000

12 Mai, 2021, 13:35 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • AMRITSAR Farmers urge a shopkeeper to open her shop as they take part in a protest against the weekend lockdown imposed by the state government as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19 on Saturday.—AFP

India saw a record 4,205 COVID-19 fatalities in a day taking the death toll to 2,54,197, while 3,48,421 new coronavirus infections were reported, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in India continue to soar, doctors in the country are now facing another new problem after members of the public were discovered to be applying cow dung all over their bodies as a mean to ward off COVID-19.

"It is still too early to say whether we have reached the peak", he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express newspaper.

He said stricter measures such as restrictions on mass gatherings and shutting of non-essential activities for a period of 15 days have helped reduce the rate of infection growth and the cases started plateauing. But we must not forget that this is a very high plateau.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4.

The coronavirus pandemic has wrought devastation on India, with 22.66 million cases and 246,116 deaths reported so far. "We seem to be plateauing around 400,000 cases a day". Nations around the globe have sent oxygen cylinders and other medical gear to support India's crisis, but many hospitals around the nation are struggling with a shortage of the life-saving equipment.

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Local government officials in the capital say the situation regarding the oxygen supply is improving. The move comes amid calls for a complete nationwide lockdown.

Rural parts of India are also running short of wood for traditional Hindu cremations and scores of bodies are washing up on the banks of the Ganges river which flows through the most populous areas of the northern plains.

Local official Ashok Kumar said that about 40 corpses washed up in Buxar district near the border between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, two of India's poorest states.

SA's Department of Health announced that four cases of the dominant variant in India (B.1.617.2) were detected in South Africa over the weekend and 11 of the dominant variant in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7). The global health body has classified it as a "variant of concern" that requires heightened tracking and analysis.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also warned that the city was running dangerously low on vaccine supplies.

Calls and pressure for a nationwide lockdown have been mounting.

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