At major religious gatherings, hundreds of positive coronavirus findings contributed to a record increase in India’s infection rate, while politicians held election rallies at the same time, which could worsen the situation in the country.
India is fighting the second round of the coronavirus pandemic. Mumbai, New Delhi and other cities have adopted new austerity measures. With hospitals full of patients, the authorities are calling for speeding up the country’s vaccination program.
According to data released by the Indian Ministry of Health on Friday, India has confirmed a new record of 217,353 coronavirus infections every day in the past 24 hours.
This is the eighth record increase in daily infections in the past nine days. India has confirmed nearly 14.3 million infections, second only to the United States in the total number of infections, with more than 31 million, ranking second in the world.
India also has 1,185 deaths, the highest number of deaths in a single day in seven months. The Ministry of Health said that a total of 174,308 people died.
India had fewer than 10,000 new cases a day earlier this year, but as of April 2, India is the worst-hit country in the world in terms of the number of new infections.
The worst is in the wealthiest federal state of Maharashtra, where a quarter of all cases in the country are registered.
Experts have expressed concern about the spread of more contagious and deadly variants of the virus, especially considering the greater number of people attending religious festivals and political gatherings.
A study published this month by The Lancet estimated that India’s total casualties could double by June.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday in New Delhi’s Medical Science Research: “Our biggest struggle is society… for some time, people have adopted a casual approach.”
Several federal leaders and opposition lawmakers including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congressman Rahul Gandhi held general elections in five regions including West Bengal. Large-scale political assembly.
Thousands of people gathered at the rally without wearing masks or keeping physical distance.
At the same time, hundreds of people from a religious gathering in Haridwar in the north of the country tested positive for the coronavirus after thousands of devout followers rushed to the ritual bath in the Ganges.
The Hindu festival “Kumbh Mela” began in early April. During this period, believers bathed in the Ganges to wash their sins. Officials warned that the number of infections had increased. A local official called this a “super spread” of infection.
So far, India has received 115 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which is the most vaccine in the world after the United States and China, but the vaccine covers only a small part of the 1.4 billion population.