The India set new records this Friday for coronavirus with more than 330,000 infections and 2,263 deaths a day, just one day after the barrier of 300,000 cases was broken for the first time, while the emergency continues due to lack of oxygen.
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The new 332,730 cases in the Asian country raise the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 16.2 million, according to data from the Indian Ministry of Health, maintaining the India as the second nation with the highest number of infections, only behind the United States (31.9 million).
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The rise of new cases in this second wave has been dizzying in the Asian country, with an increase of more than 100,000 cases only in the last week, which contrasts with the less than 10,000 infections that were registered last February, when many thought that the worst was over.
In addition, the number of daily deaths continues to rise, with a new maximum in the country of 2,263 deaths in the last 24 hours, 186,920 in total, some deaths that in some cases the health authorities relate to the crisis of lack of oxygen they are experiencing. many Indian regions.
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To help alleviate this crisis, the central government issued new orders on Thursday to allow the free circulation of oxygen between states, without imposing “restrictions on manufacturers and suppliers.”
However, the authorities or health centers of the most affected regions, such as the western Maharashtra O New Delhi, continue to report daily problems with the availability of oxygen and medicines, as a consequence of saturation in the health system in a country with some 2.4 million active cases.
One of those centers was the Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, which launched a call for help last night in which it assured, according to a statement collected by local media, that “25 of the sickest patients have died in the last 24 hours. The oxygen will last for another two hours, ”so they needed supplies as soon as possible.
TOTAL CONFINEMENT IN DELHI AND OTHER REGIONS
To try to curb the rise in cases and reduce hospital pressure a bit, the capital’s authorities, like other regions of the country, imposed a total confinement of the population for a week, which will initially conclude on Monday.
New Delhi, a city of about 20 million inhabitants, registered 26,169 cases and 306 deaths in the last day, while Maharashtra continues to be the Indian state hardest hit by this second wave, with 67,013 new cases and 568 reported deaths.
With the confinement of the population as the last resort to avoid collapsing the economy, the vaccination campaign that India launched last January is seen as the only way to end this health crisis in this country of 1.35 billion people.
This week the Government announced that from May 1 it will allow the inoculation of its entire population over 18 years of age, also liberalizing the prices of vaccines with the intention of increasing their production and availability.
So far, the country has administered 135 million doses since the start of the vaccination campaign last January, 3.1 million of them in the last 24 hours.
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