Coronavirus — India Now in Top Ten in Cases

  • The number of cases in India has doubled in the last 13 days.
  • India has overtaken Iran in terms of the number of cases.
  • The opposition Congress party has questioned the government on the huge increase in the number of cases and deaths across the country.

Cases of coronavirus continue to rise in India, but restrictions continue to ease, and domestic flights have started from today. India has become one of the ten countries most affected by the global epidemic. In the last 24 hours, another 7,097 people have been affected by the epidemic, bringing the total to 138,536.

The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in India was reported on 30 January 2020, originating from China. As of 25 May 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have confirmed a total of 138,845 cases, 57,721 recoveries (including 1 migration) and 4,021 deaths in the country.

The number of cases in India has doubled in the last 13 days. In the last 24 hours, 150 people have died, bringing the death toll from the coronavirus to 4,024. So far 57,692 people have recovered. According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, India has overtaken Iran in terms of the number of cases. The total number of cases in Iran is 135,701.

According to reports, the number of Coronavirus cases in India is currently not declining, and the pace of cases is steadily increasing, like in Brazil. If the current trend continues, an average of 15,000 new cases could emerge every day in India, and the number of cases could rise to around 270,000 in the next 13 days.

The only thing that is satisfying for India is that the death toll from COVID-19 here is lower than other affected countries. The death toll in Brazil is 6.3 percent, while in India it is 2.9 percent. Only Turkey and Russia have a better position than India.

Reuters news agency quoted Bharmar Mukherjee, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan, as saying that between 630,000 and 2.1 million people in India could be infected in early July. He says one-fifth of the total number of cases in India are in Mumbai alone.

In Maharashtra, 3,041 new cases came to light in just one day on Sunday, a record so far. At the same time, the number of cases in the state has risen to 50,231, while the death toll has risen to 1,635 with 58 more deaths. In terms of cases, the Prime Minister’s home state of Gujarat has now reached the second position.

It left Tamil Nadu behind with 14,063 cases and 858 deaths. The number of cases in the southern state of Tamil Nadu has risen to 16,277, while 112 people have been killed. The national capital, Delhi, ranks fourth with 13,418 people confirmed to be affected and 261 killed so far. The actual number is reported to be much higher.

Amit Anilchandra Shah is an Indian politician and the current Minister of Home Affairs who has been President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2014. He is the chief strategist of the BJP and closet aide to Narendra Modi.

The opposition Congress party has questioned the government on the huge increase in the number of cases and deaths across the country, and especially in Gujarat. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “we would respectfully ask the Prime Minister, the Home Minister, the Government of India, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the Government of Gujarat: Are they even aware of what is happening in their own home State?”

A few days ago, the Gujarat High Court, while commenting on the state of medical facilities at a government hospital in Ahmedabad, had declared it worse than a prison. A major problem in India is the lack of beds in most hospitals. Relatives of the victims have been stranded to get them admitted to the hospital.

The Indian Ministry of Health had said in its press briefing that not all patients need to be admitted to hospitals, and the government is taking rapid steps to increase the number of beds in hospitals. According to official figures, India currently has about 714,000 beds, up from about 540,000 ten years ago, in 2009.

Meanwhile, limited domestic flights resumed on Monday, some two months after Prime Minister Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on March 25. The first flight took off from Delhi Airport for Pune at 5:30 AM. The government has allowed flights with special regulations. These include all air travelers being quarantined in their respective homes for up to 14 days.

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