NEW DELHI (AP) – Indian coronavirus confirmed cases topped 5 million on Wednesday, still gliding and testing the country’s weak health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages.
The Ministry of Health has reported 90,123 new cases in the last 24 hours, and the country’s approved amount has increased to 5,020,359, or about 0.35% of its nearly 1.4 billion population. It says another 1,290 people died in the last day, for a total of 82,066.
India’s total number of coronavirus cases ends at the highest number in the United States of more than 6.6 million cases and is expected to exceed in a few weeks.
India reported a record daily record of 97,570 cases on September 11, and it added more than 1 million cases this month alone.
Experts have warned that in the coming weeks, mortality in Indian cases could increase by easing blocking restrictions, except in high-risk areas.
However, the government rejected the possibility of imposing a second blockade nationwide, as recoveries increased by more than 78%. According to Johns Hopkins Medical and University, his mortality rate is 1.6%, and in the US and Brazil it is well below 3%.
Dr. Gagandeep Kang, an infectious disease expert from Christian Medical College in the southern Indian state of Vellore, said the inevitable increase in cases in India. However, the country still had the opportunity to test and limit cases through a strategy of investigating and isolating the affected areas.
She stated that “the goal was for India to conduct enough testing to reduce the positive test rate, or the proportion of those who test positive to less than 5 percent. Or even less than 1%. “
Most of India’s deaths are concentrated in its major cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune. However, smaller city centers in Mahrasra, such as Nagpur or Jalgaon, have also reported more than 1,000 deaths.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday that only about 6% of coronavirus patients in India used oxygen – 0.31% – ventilator, 2.17% – in intensive care unit beds with oxygen and 3.69% – in oxygen beds.
The state of Maharashtra, with more than 1 million cases, remains the most affected region in India, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. These countries account for more than 60% of coronavirus cases in the country.
The Ministry of Health has reported that 155 health care workers, including 46 physicians, have died as a result of COVID-19 to date.
India’s scarce health resources are poorly distributed across the country. Nearly 600 million Indians live in rural areas, and with the rapid spread of the virus off India’s vast coasts, health experts worry hospitals could be overwhelmed
Nationwide, India tests more than 1 million samples per day, exceeding the World Health Organisation’s rate of 140 tests per 1 million people. However, many of them are antigen tests that look for viral proteins and are faster but less accurate than RT-PCR, the gold standard that confirms coronavirus by genetic code.
When in April – June. The economy contracted a record 23.9%, millions of people were out of work, and the Indian government continues to ease the closure restrictions that were imposed in late March. May. The government has announced a $ 266 billion stimulus package, but consumer demand and production are yet to recover.
Many offices, shops, businesses, liquor stores, bars and restaurants have reopened. Limited domestic and international evacuation flights are operated daily in conjunction with train services.
Next week, schools will reopen senior students from 9-12 standards.
Associate Press Science Writer Aniruddha Ghosal contributed to this report.
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