Covid-19: India faces challenge of inoculation and testing

Bol News  |  Jun 16, 2021

India has been managing an average of 2.4 million shots per day. Health authorities stated that inoculation should be multiple times higher than the current rate to avoid the third Covid-19 wave.

At the height of the second wave in April and May, more than 170,000 individuals have lost their lives.

The Delta variation, first distinguished in India, has sped up diseases. What’s more, worryingly, the infection has spread to India’s immense hinterland where 66% of the populace lives and inoculations have been even slower.

As Corona Lockdown restrictions are lifted in large urban areas, traveler laborers have started getting back from the countryside.

In the southern territory of Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru, media revealed enormous hordes of laborers at rail route stations.

“Unfortunately, citizens equate the government’s response to reopening, as a victory,” Dr. Vishal Rao, a member of the expert committee on Karnataka’s COVID task force, told Reuters.

Nationwide, India reported 60,471 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest since March 31, data from the health ministry showed.

Whereas India added 2,726 deaths overnight, taking the overall score to 377,031.

Both the death toll and the case-load of infections, at 29.57 million, were the second-highest after the United States, but specialists say the official numbers are an unrefined miscalculation. Only people who have tested positive are counted, and in India testing has been miserably insufficient.

It is also reported that a staggering 100,000 people were issued fake ‘negative’ reports for COVID-19 infections in the northern city of Haridwar when tens of thousands of Hindu followers grouped on the banks of the Ganges River for the ‘Kumbh Mela’, in April.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was extensively criticized for deteriorating to call off the Kumbh – he only slowly advised religious leaders to celebrate characteristically and for addressing large meetings during state elections also in April.



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