India, overwhelmed by the upsurge in the daily rate of coronavirus infections, now has to deal with a serious shortage of medical supplies and oxygen, in addition to an alarming hospital occupancy rate that has the entire health system network on the brink of collapse.
In the country’s capital New Delhi alone, more than 25,000 positive cases of the virus were recorded in the last 24 hours and, according to the Reuters news agency, one in three swabs tested positive. As the infections increase, the beds are also filling very quickly, it is said that there are less than 100 intensive care beds in the entire capital city.
Sanitary measures in New Delhi
Just four weeks after lifting the total blockade in the South Asian country, the regional authorities of each Indian state have been forced to reimpose new confinement measures in order to contain this new wave of contagion that maintains the India as the second nation in the world most affected by the pandemic with more than 14.8 million infections, only after the United States of over 31 million infected. While the death toll closed at 177,150 fatalities this weekend.
In the case of New Delhi, the local authorities have imposed a second curfew for this weekend, to limit citizen mobilization, in addition to suspending all Buddhist religious ceremonies scheduled until the end of the month.
And it is that this Indian city is located in the sixth position of the COVID map as one of the most affected by the virus, accumulating 827,998 patients and about 12,000 deaths.
The Indian Government invites calm
Faced with this escalation of infections, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has sent a message to the population of the country to stay at home, recommending that they avoid attending these massive religious ceremonies and inviting them not to participate in the political rallies that are held. carried out in the country, although he did not ban them entirely. Precisely, these words of Modi were harshly criticized by the opposition, which considers that new severe restrictions should be taken, asking for a new absolute confinement.
Four days breaking contagion records
This Sunday, April 18, India has broken all the records of infections registered in the world with 261,394 positive cases in just 24 hours, however, the Asian nation has four days exceeding the dark milestone of 200,000 daily infections , becoming the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
How to avoid the spread of coronavirus
Given the increase in cases in the country, it is important to respect the care measures: wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose, respect the distance of two meters from other people, wash your hands with soap and water. Lastly, avoid crowded places and gatherings.
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