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in India, the number of daily deaths soars, hospitals overwhelmed

India crossed a new threshold for the daily number of deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday April 24, as the government struggles to try to provide oxygen to hospitals, overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of new cases. .

In the past 24 hours, 2,624 deaths linked to the disease have been recorded, bringing the official death toll since the start of the pandemic to nearly 190,000 in this country of 1.3 billion inhabitants. .

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  • World record of new cases, due in particular to the epidemic situation in India

The pandemic has claimed more than 3 million lives worldwide since the World Health Organization office in China reported the outbreak of the disease in late December 2019, according to a report compiled by the ‘Agence France-Presse (AFP), from official sources, Saturday morning. The United States is the most affected country, with 571,000 deaths. Then comes Brazil, with 389,000 dead; Mexico, with 214,500 dead; India, with nearly 190,000 dead; and the United Kingdom, with 127,000 dead.

More than 893,000 new cases were recorded worldwide for the day on Friday – a record – mainly due to the epidemic outbreak which overwhelms India. A third of these contaminations are indeed to be deplored in this country. More than 332,000 new cases were recorded on Friday, and more than 346,000 on Saturday.

  • Hospitals overwhelmed with patients

A patient with Covid-19 waits to be admitted to a hospital in New Delhi, India, on April 23.

The queues of patients and their relatives are lengthening in front of hospitals in the main Indian cities, where nearly 1 million new cases have therefore been identified in three days. Experts, who believe the numbers could actually be higher, attribute the surge to a “double mutation” of the virus and to mass events, such as the Hindu religious festival Kumbh Mela, which brought together millions of pilgrims.

Under fire from critics for its unpreparedness before this new wave of contamination, the central government has set up special trains intended to transport oxygen reserves to the most affected cities. He also urged industrialists to speed up the production of oxygen and medicines that are lacking.

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An “oxygen express”, carrying 30,000 liters, arrived at dawn on Saturday in Lucknow, and armed guards escorted the trucks which delivered its precious cargo to hospitals in the area. In this city in the state of Uttar Pradesh (north), one of the most affected in the country, hospitals and crematoria are overwhelmed.

New Delhi hospitals are making daily calls for help due to depleted oxygen supplies. Many patients die in front of hospitals in the capital due to lack of beds and oxygen. A charity has even set up a crematorium in a parking lot, with makeshift funeral pyres to cope with the number of deaths.

  • Several countries close their doors to India

From Sunday, only citizens of German nationality will be able to travel from India to Germany. Kuwait also announced on Saturday the suspension of direct commercial flights to and from that country. As for the United States, they advise against traveling there, even for vaccinated people; and Canada suspended flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days on Friday.

The detection of the Indian variant in Belgium worries Europe. Twenty Indian students tested positive for this SARS-CoV-2 mutant and placed in quarantine in the Flemish cities of Aalst and Leuven. They had arrived in mid-April, via the French Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, to follow training in nursing.

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On Saturday, a first case was detected in Switzerland, announced the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. The organization clarified that the case had been detected in a person in transit at one of the country’s airports, without giving further details. Switzerland is currently considering adding India to its “red list”. People from countries on this list must observe a ten-day quarantine upon arrival.

A case of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has also been detected in Greece, the country’s health authorities announced on Sunday.

The World with AFP

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