Medical journal slams Indian government for 'squandering' early success on Covid-19

Ruben Hill
May 10, 2021

India's daily COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 4,000 for two days in a row. The number of active cases of the coronavirus infection in the country has gone up to 37,45,237, accounting for 16.53 per cent of its total caseload, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 82.39 per cent. The oxygen will be distributed to hospitals through the Indian government.

The publication branded the response by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government "inexcusable".

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the umbrella body for all conventional doctors and surgeons, called for a "complete, well-planned, pre-announced" lockdown across the country instead of "sporadic" night curfews and restrictions imposed by states for a few days at a time. The health ministry reported 366,161 new Covid-19 infections and 3,754 more deaths.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 2020; 30 lakh on 23 August; 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.

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The coronavirus continues to pummel India as the country on Sunday recorded 4,03,738 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 4,092 fatalities, taking the total number of cases in the country to 2,22,96,414, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. On Friday, India recorded the highest ever 4,14,188 cases.

The world's largest vaccine-producing nation has fully vaccinated just over 34.3 million, or only 2.5 per cent, of its 1.35 billion population as of Sunday, according to data from the government's Co-WIN portal.

Support has been pouring in from around the world in the form of oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment for overwhelmed hospitals.

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