India has confirmed more than 4,000 covid-19 victims for the second day in a row, and fewer than 400,000 new infections on the fourth day, but the virus has spread to rural areas and this situation may not have been confirmed due to insufficient testing.
Experts are not sure when these numbers will peak, but there is growing concern that this variant is spreading across India and the world.
Bhramar Mukherjee, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, said that most models predict a peak this week, and India is beginning to show signs of this trend.
She wrote on Twitter that despite this, the number of new infections each day is still enough to flood the hospital. “The key word is-cautiously optimistic.”
The situation is particularly bad in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous federal state, which has a population of more than 230 million. Television footage showed that the family was crying for the dead in the village hospital, or camping in the ward to take care of the sick.
The Ganges threw the body ashore, the crematorium was overloaded, and the funeral firewood lacked wood.
The well-known activist and opposition politician Yogendra Yadav wrote in the “Print” newspaper: “Official statistics do not give the impression of a devastating pandemic in rural Uttar Pradesh.”
“General ignorance, lack of nearby or suitable testing facilities, official and informal testing restrictions, and excessive delays in testing reports mean that no one in a village is being tested, and many people complain of’weird fever’.”
Data from the Ministry of Health show that in the past 24 hours, India has confirmed 362,727 new cases of covida-19 and 4,120 deaths.
Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all adults will be vaccinated on May 1, the increase in infection rates has been accompanied by a decline in the rate of vaccination.
Two states, Karnataka, which is located in the technological hub of Bangalore, and Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, have announced that they will temporarily suspend vaccination for people aged 18 to 44 because their focus is on over 45 years of age. People who need a second dose of vaccine are vaccinated.
India is the world’s largest vaccine producer, but it has no stocks due to strong demand. Government data show that by Thursday, more than 38.2 million people had received the full vaccination process, accounting for 2.8% of the 1.35 billion population.