Why is the second wave of epidemic in India so severe?

Why is the second wave of epidemic in India so severe?

Hospitals are short of oxygen, people waiting for ambulances, who never arrive, crowds at the crematorium: After the first wave of relatively controlled Kovid-19s, India is now recording daily fingering records.

After accounting for more than 360 thousand new cases and the total number of deaths going past 200 thousand, the country broke a new world record on Thursday (29.20.2021): over 379 thousand infections in 24 hours. Another 3,645 deaths were recorded, totaling approximately 205 thousand.

“It’s like hell, everything it touches burns it.” Thus, Shukin Bajaj, founder and director of Ujala Cygnus Hospitals, described a new wave of coronaviruses, an explosion of unprecedented infections due to a confluence of many factors.

Despite being one of the largest vaccine producers in the world, India does not have sufficient stock for its population which is eligible for vaccination. The slowness of the government has been criticized, as more contagions have probably spread throughout the country.

Apart from those previously found in Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom, there is now a worrying Indian tension. According to World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Tariq Jasarevic: “It appears that this version has the ability to pair more easily with human cells. This would obviously lead to more infections and more hospitalizations. “

Supported decency

However, many citizens have also begun to adjust more, especially after the contagion rate has been subdued for several months.

“What we saw in India is clearly the result of many people lowering their guard”Evaluates Udaya Parmi, Asia Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “At one point, the first wave was almost under control, and people gradually stopped maintaining certain life-saving measures, such as wearing masks.”

This complacency was not just driven by epidemic fatigue, from the National Institute of Immunology: Virologist Vinita Bal says: Political and religious leaders, publicly reduce the severity of the epidemic and call for large-scale agglomeration, also a factor. Were.

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Despite the outbreak of the new coronovirus, the government allowed thousands of religious people to participate in the Kumbh Mela, India’s largest religious event, and continued to hold political rallies during state elections. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held particularly large meetings.

In one of these events, in the state of East Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the attendees “Never before has a rally seen such a huge crowd”.

“All this sent a collective message that keeping your distance and wearing a mask does not matter”Closing of hair. “This decency backfired.”

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