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Covid-19 deaths in India surpasses 4000 for the first time

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Covid-19 deaths in India this Saturday has surpassed a striking number of 4,000 in just a single day.

This is means a new death record for the country, after several days of reaching its highest number of deaths and daily infections, which marks a limited situation.

Specifically, the Indian Ministry of Health has registered 4,187 deaths from the disease on the last day, reaching 238,270 since the start of the pandemic.

With regard to daily infections, 401,078 have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, so the total accumulated cases is 21,892,676.

Faced with the serious situation, the Prime Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, has announced the total quarantine of the Indian state for the next two weeks due to “unavoidable reasons” which will only open essential services.

In this state, 26,465 new cases have been registered in the last day and 197 deaths and it becomes the third state in India to apply this measure after Kerala and Karnataka, according to NDTV.

Likewise, the international community remains concerned about the Asian country and this Friday the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) wanted to highlight that “this wave that is almost four times the size of the first wave” is leaving many young people in homelessness.

“The virus is spreading much faster. On average, there were more than four new cases per second and more than two deaths per minute in the last 24 hours, ” said UNICEF India Representative Yasmin Ali Haque.

Haque has also warned that “the pandemic is far from over” and that “COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate in South Asia, especially in Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.”

The situation is affecting children as the authorities are registering an increase in the number of orphans without protection. “While there is not enough data yet, we can see that requests for illegal adoption have appeared on social media, making these orphans vulnerable to trafficking and abuse,” he warned.

Among the most affected Indian regions is the western Maharashtra, whose capital is Bombay, which, although it exceeded a thousand deaths at the end of April, registered 898 in the last 24 hours, followed by southern Karnataka, with 592 deaths, and northern Uttar Pradesh, with 371.

New Delhi, with 341 deaths in the last day, is also suffering a bloody second wave that has seen the health system collapse, with coronavirus infected who could not be admitted to hospitals due to lack of beds or patients dying asphyxiated due to shortage of medical oxygen at the centers.

In the capital crematoriums, the rate of cremation in the funeral pyres typical of the Hindu tradition is constant, with the repeated arrival of ambulances with corpses, while families wait their turn with a cart full of firewood to fire in a space that may be free to your loved one.

The vaccination program opened a week ago to the entire population over 18 years of age is seen as the main hope to get out of this crisis, while health authorities have warned that a third wave of the virus is inevitable.

The country has administered 2.2 million vaccines in the last 24 hours, a number less than expected due to the lack of doses in several states, which adds up to 167 million injections since the “largest vaccination program in the world” began. last January.

Yet only 34 million of India’s 1.35 billion people have been fully inoculated with one of the country’s approved formulas, AstraZeneca’s Covishield, which is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), or Covaxin, of the Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech; to which is added the imported Russian Sputnik V.

The rise in cases in India has been attributed in part to a relaxation of measures against the coronavirus by the population and the organization of mass events, such as huge electoral rallies or the religious festival Kumbh Mela.

The Indian Government has recognized this week, however, that the spectacular increase in cases in the last month and a half in many states of the country could show a “correlation” with the greater presence of the “double mutant” Indian variant B.1.617.

(With information from Europa Press and EFE)

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