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India faces a shortage of vaccines and surpasses 400,000 diagnoses in a single day

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The COVID-19 epidemic in India is getting worse. (Reuters)

India is the first country with 400,000 confirmed cases in a single day after the global outbreak, after adding more than 300,000 new cases for 10 consecutive days.

Reuters statistics found that since the end of February, India has increased as many as 7.7 million new cases. It took nearly six months for India to reach this number of cases before, showing that the virus is spreading faster and faster.

India has added more than 400,000 confirmed cases in the past day, and the cumulative number of cases has reached 19 million. The epidemic is getting worse and the government’s ineffectiveness in fighting the epidemic has been criticized.

India is the first country with 400,000 confirmed cases in a single day after the global outbreak, after adding more than 300,000 new cases for 10 consecutive days. The number of deaths in India has also increased by more than 3,500. According to official data, the cumulative number of deaths has reached 211,800.

Reuters statistics found that since the end of February, India has increased as many as 7.7 million new cases. It took nearly six months for India to reach this number of cases, showing that the virus is spreading faster and faster.

Public health experts believe that due to inadequate testing of the Coronavirus in India and the failure to accurately record the cause of death of the patients, the actual number of diagnoses and deaths may exceed the official data.

According to analysis, the Indian government took it lightly at the beginning of this year after the number of new cases fell below 10,000 per day and lifted most of the epidemic prevention restrictions on activities. Indian Health Minister Vardan even announced in early March that the epidemic had entered the “game over” stage.

An Indian scientific advisory group established by the Modi government at the end of December last year told Reuters that the group had warned officials as early as March that a new, more contagious variant of the virus appeared in India, but the federal government turned a deaf ear to it and failed to take major measures in time. Prevent the spread of the virus, and even continue to allow millions of people to attend religious celebrations and election rallies.

The scientific advisory team brought together 10 research institutes across the country to track and detect variant viruses that endanger public health. The team member and Dean of the National Academy of Life Sciences, Parida, said that the team’s researchers discovered the variant virus in India as early as February. The analysis results were provided to the Ministry of Health before March 10, but the authorities did not announce the new findings until the 24th of the same month. Nor did it emphasize the high risk of the virus.

The epidemic seems to be out of control. New Delhi, the capital of the worst situation, is under lockdown. However, the spread of the virus has not slowed down and the number of new cases has increased sharply every day. One more week.

In addition to lockdown measures, getting people to be vaccinated as soon as possible is also the key to curbing the spread of the virus. Although India is the world’s largest producer of COVID-19 vaccines, it has previously exported millions of doses of vaccines abroad, but now there are shortages of vaccines in various parts of India, which has become another thorny issue for the government.

The Indian government originally planned to expand vaccination to all adults over 18 years old on Saturday, equivalent to a population of 600 million, but many states complained that there was no adequate supply of vaccines at all.

Due to a shortage of vaccines, West Bengal was unable to vaccinate people aged 18 to 45 as originally planned on Saturday. The eastern state of Orissa received 150,000 doses of vaccine on Friday, but due to the implementation of lockdown measures, only a few people were allowed to vaccinate.

Only about 10% of India’s population are vaccinated

Only half of India’s 28 states have so far started vaccinating people under 45 years of age. Of the country’s 1.3 billion people, only about 11.5% have been vaccinated, of which only 25 million have been vaccinated with two doses.

Worried about not being vaccinated, millions of young people across the country rushed to register on the government website, but only a few succeeded in booking dates. There were queues at some vaccine centers, and large crowds gathered outside the major commercial cities of Ahmedabad and New Delhi Hospital on Saturday. Mehta (25 years old), a waiter in New Delhi, told AFP: “If we have immunity, we will not pass the disease to other people, so we must vaccinate as soon as possible.”

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