The second wave is washing over India with unparalleled power.
On Thursday, nearly 315,000 new cases were recorded – more than any other country in a single day during the entire epidemic.
“The first wave was a bathtub ripple,” Mumbai researcher Zrair Udwadia told Nature.
Healthcare in India is currently being pushed to the breaking point. Lack of oxygen and intensive care units is acute in many major cities and all curves are pointing in the wrong direction.
On Thursday, 314,835 new infections were confirmed in the country. It is the highest daily number recorded in the world during the pandemic. The previous record was set in the United States with 313,000 injured on January 8, The Washington Post states.
The death toll in India on Thursday rose by 2,102 more. In total, the country has confirmed 15.9 million confirmed infections and 184,657 deaths from the COVID-19 virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. But especially the death toll bears a great dark figure. BBC reports.
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India recorded more deaths on Thursday than any other country.
Four times faster than the growth in the United States
The second wave of India is unparalleled in the world. Since the beginning of April alone, the number of daily infections has more than tripled. The rate of increase is four times higher than when the United States was in a similar situation. Times of India reports.
The country’s explosion of aura is confusing the research world, not least because India easily escaped 2020. There is also part of the explanation. State experts in nature:
“When the number of cases decreased after the peak in September, it became a common fact that India had defeated Covid-19,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan, an epidemiologist at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Several other researchers have offered the same explanation: India fired The Guardian prematurely. Elections, religious ceremonies, and weddings allowed people to gather indoors without distancing themselves. The government is now receiving sharp criticism for allowing this to happen.
Authorities across India, without exception, are setting aside public health. The pandemic has resurfaced in a completely open community where people have met, moved and traveled, says Srinath Reddy, an epidemiologist in the New Daily.
This is how the vaccine might increase the infection
Vaccinations began in India in January. It mainly uses Covishield, which is a locally produced version of the Astra Zeneca vaccine. To date, more than 120 million doses have been administered in the country, but so far only about 10 percent of the country’s population has been vaccinated.
Contradictory enough, the vaccination campaign itself has been cited as another possible reason for the further spread of infection.
Ramanan Laxminarayan says the arrival of the vaccine has made everyone comfortable.
Indian researchers, as in other parts of the world, came to the wrong conclusions during the first wave. It is estimated that 50 percent of the population has antibodies in some areas of the largest cities. But the models did not take into account the asymmetric cluster distribution, Nature says.
The virus can now reach groups that previously protected themselves. That might include the more affluent people in cities who isolated themselves during the first wave but are now starting to mingle, Gagandeep Kang, a virologist at the Christian Medical Center in Vellore, tells the magazine.
This is how mutations strike
It is also considered that the new and more contagious viral variants have exacerbated the situation in India. In Punjab, for example, the British boom prevails, while Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, is the epicenter of the Indian double boom, which has now spread to about twenty countries, including Norway and Denmark.
Zrir Udwadi, a doctor and researcher at a hospital in Mumbai, believes mutations underlie the increase in infections in often overcrowded Indian homes. In the first wave, it was common for only a few family members to have a positive test result. This is no longer the case.
– If someone has it in the family, I can guarantee everyone will have it. Zrair O’Doadia says the first wave was a bathtub ripple.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under pressure and anxiety.
The situation was under control until a few weeks ago. Then this second wave came like a storm, as he said in his speech to the nation this week.
Several states have now introduced new restrictions to limit the spread of the infection, but according to forecasts, it will take at least mid-May before it reaches its peak.