India added more than 360,000 confirmed cases of coronary disease on Monday, with more than 300,000 new cases in a single day for 12 consecutive days, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases has approached 20 million. According to the latest model predictions, the epidemic in India may reach its peak in these few days, earlier than previously predicted.
The Ministry of Health of India announced on Monday that there were 368,147 new confirmed cases nationwide in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 19.93 million; the number of new deaths was 3,417, and the total number of deaths was 218,959.
Experts believe that the actual number of cases in India may be several times higher than official statistics, or even dozens of times. However, Monday’s positive rate of coronavirus tests fell for the first time since April 15.
Model predictions made by a team of scientists consulting the Indian government show that due to the faster-than-expected spread of the virus, the number of coronavirus cases in India may reach a peak from the 3rd to the 5th of this month, compared to the May 5th to 10th predicted at the beginning of last month. It’s early.
In order to curb the spread of the virus, at least 11 states and regions in India have introduced strict restrictions such as lockdowns and curfews. Some experts also suggested that the Indian government once again blockade the country.
Bhramar Mukherjee, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan in the United States, tweeted: “I think that only by issuing a national stay-at-home order and declaring a medical emergency can the current medical needs be met. In addition to the daily new confirmed cases. , The number of active cases is also on the rise. There are about 3.5 million officially reported active cases alone.”
The Federation of Indian Industry also called on the government to take the toughest nationwide measures, including restricting economic activities, to block the chain of transmission of coronavirus.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reluctant to impose a national blockade again due to concerns about the impact on the economy. Currently, its government is exploring more measures to alleviate the serious shortage of medical oxygen in the country.
Modi’s office issued a statement on Sunday that the government’s new measures include establishing a temporary coronary care center near the oxygen plant, planning to set up 10,000 beds with oxygen supply facilities, and establishing about 1,500 oxygen plants across the country; The existing nitrogen plant was transformed into an oxygen plant.
On the other hand, Pfizer announced on Monday that it would donate drugs worth more than US$70 million to India. Pfizer President Albert Bourla said that the company is also negotiating with the Indian government, hoping to allow India to start using Pfizer vaccines through a “fast approval route.”
So far, only about 9% of India’s 1.4 billion people have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine.