India is rapidly closing in on an alarming pandemic milestone, in terms of numbers. It’s a year later since the virus went global, and after America, India is the only other country to hit the 20 million mark for confirmed cases. India confirmed about 300 000 cases a day, for 12 straight days, even with all adults being eligible for the vaccine, experts believe that the infected patients are dying due to the lack of oxygen supply, a key ingredient required to treat patients with the virus.
The overpopulated country is in dire need of resources, lacking sufficient beds, pleas for help by overwhelmed hospitals and lack of oxygen to support patients, images of body bags and funeral pyres indicate the turmoil the country is now faced with. Experts believe the COVID-19 numbers are likely a massive undercount, considering factors like lack of resources to test all the patients, The World Health Organization says countries should be doing 10 to 30 tests per confirmed case. India is doing about five tests for every confirmed case, according to Our World in Data, making it much harder to get an accurate number for confirmed cases. Matching up to the daily number of deaths, the confirmed cases do not add up.
Consideration is taken, that all over the world, official numbers are only recorded from patients who tested positive, not the actual infections. Cases all over the world are missed, as testing is focused on patients with symptoms, some people infected by the coronavirus experience mild or even no symptoms. With regards to the death toll, it is believed that the country is quite religious, a lot of remedies are made at home, and patients do not go to the hospital, resulting in people dying at home, and those deaths are not recorded either as families bury their loved ones themselves without formally reporting it.
Dr.s Amita Gupta, the chair of the Johns Hopkins India Institute in a Facebook conversation. “We care from a humanitarian perspective, a public health perspective, and a health security perspective.” It is evident that what is happening in India, matters to the entire world.
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