New Delhi is on a week-long lockdown to prevent the collapse of the capital’s healthcare system amid the nationwide surge in coronavirus cases in India.
The restrictions will be put in place on Monday evening to help hospitals that are Lack of beds, Drugs and oxygen.
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Over the weekend, patients lined up outside medical facilities waiting to be admitted, while ambulances idled outside crematoria, each holding half a dozen bodies.
“People keep arriving in an almost collapsing situation,” said Dr. Suresh Kumar, director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in New Delhi for the treatment COVID-19 Patient.
Most of them are in dire need of oxygen, said Mr. Kumar. However, according to Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the city is facing a lack of oxygen and medicine. He told reporters that the new tough measures were needed to “prevent the health system from collapsing,” which had “reached its limits.”
Mr Kejriwal added that “people are being admitted to hospitals at unprecedented rates” leading to a “major crisis in intensive care beds”.
Delhi recorded over 25,000 new ones Coronavirus Cases and 161 deaths on Sunday, making it the worst-hit city in the country. The virus positivity rate is close to 30% – a major concern for healthcare.
Sky News spoke to a doctor who said, “If the situation isn’t brought under control soon, it will get so bad that people on footpaths will die of a lack of oxygen.”
The city of 29 million people has fewer than 100 beds with ventilators and fewer than 150 beds for patients in need of critical care.
Similar tribes can be seen in other parts of the vast country.
Troubling scenes from Ahmedabad city, Gujarat show dozens of ambulances on the street with COVID-19 patients attached to oxygen bottles.
They gasp and wait to be hospitalized.
Hospitals are reported to be running out of beds, oxygen and, in some places, even drugs.
Corpses are cremated around the clock on the cremation site, while there is no more space in the cemeteries.
State governments are accused of hiding the real death toll.
At a cremation site in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, the government erected metal sheets to prevent the media and the public from taking photos of the pyrenees burning inside.
India The double mutation virus is believed to cause a fatal second wave. The India variant (officially called B.1.617) is a combination of two mutations – E484Q and L452R – and was discovered last year.
It has the trait of being very dangerous as the two new significant mutations in the spike protein help infect cells and bypass the immune system.
The country has recorded the highest number of new virus cases in the world. Another 275,306 cases were reported on Sunday. 178,793 people have died so far.
More than 15 million people in India have had the disease, making it the second worst-hit country after the United States.
World Health Organization technical director Maria Van Kerkhove said the combination of two mutations was “worrying”.
Last month, the Indian Ministry of Health downplayed the mutation.
Dr. VK Paul, head of the country’s COVID-19 task force, said “the appearance of mutations is a natural process”.
He added, “We shouldn’t be concerned about mutations. The mutations have not been demonstrated in numbers enough to show the rapid rise in cases in some states.”
Now 10 states have reported this new variant, and more than half of the samples sequenced this month were positive for it. In some areas of Maharashtra, the positivity rate is up to 60%.
At least 103 cases of the India variant were discovered in the UK.
prime minister Boris Johnson has canceled a visit to New Delhi next week and India has been added to the UK Government’s “Red List” which means that non-UK and Irish citizens are prohibited from traveling out of the country.