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India postponed exams for apprentice doctors and nurses on Monday (May 3), freeing them from the weight of new cases, with hospitals running out of beds and oxygen, and tackling the world’s most important surgeon in coronaviruses infections.

The total number of infections up to now reached only under 20 million, driven by more than three hundred thousand new cases on the 12th straight day in a virus-induced pandemic that first was identified in central China at the end of 2019.

The actual numbers in India can be five to ten times higher than reported by medical experts. Capacities were filled, medical oxygen supplies were short and corpses were overcrowded with morgues and crematory systems. In a hospital bed, ambulances and outdoor parking, there are patients who die.

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“Every time we have to struggle to get our quota of our oxygen cylinders,” said B.H. Narayan Rao, a district official in the southern town of Chamarajanagar, where 24 Covid-19 patients died, some from a suspected shortage of oxygen supplies.

“It’s a day-to-day fight,” added Rao, as he described the hectic scramble for supplies.

Volunteer groups have been rescued in many cases.Outside a temple in New Delhi’s capital, SIG volunteers provided a giant cylinder with oxygen to patients lying on benches within preliminary tents. A new patient arrived every 20 minutes or so.”No one should die because of a lack of oxygen. It’s a small thing otherwise, but nowadays, it is the one thing every one needs,” Gurpreet Singh Rummy, who runs the service, told Reuters.

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Since the start of the pandemic the total infections have reached 19.93 million in India, with 368.147 new cases spreading during the past 24 hours, while the death toll has increased from 3.417 to 218.959. There are currently at least 3.4 million people treated.

With hope, the Ministry of Health has said that the number of tests fell for the first time on Monday, after at least 15 April.Modeling by a team of governing advisers shows that cases of coronavirus could peak up a few days before Wednesday this week, as the virus spreads faster than expected.

At least 11 States and regions ordered the curbing of movement to stem infections but the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unwilling to announce a national lockout, which is concerned about its economic impact, which has widely criticised that it allows the crisis to spin out of control.

“In my opinion, only a national stay at home order and declaring medical emergency will help to address the current healthcare needs,” Bhramar Mukherjee, an epidemiologist with the University of Michigan, said on Twitter.

Crisis tests Modi

As medical facilities are near breakthroughs, the Government has postponed an examination of doctors and health care workers so that some may join the battle against coronavirus together with existing personnel.

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Dr. Mekund Penurkar returned to work only days after losing his father to Cow-19 in Pune, the second biggest city in the state of Maharashtra. His mother and brother are in the virus hospital, but patients wait to see him.
“It is a very difficult situation,” he said. “Because I have been through such a situation myself, I can’t leave other patients to their fate.”

Modi has been criticized for not moving quickly to reduce the spread of religious festivals and crowded political rallies in March and April, and for allowing millions of people mostly unmasked to participated in them. An earlier scientific advisory forum of the government warned officials about a new and more contagious variant, five its members told Reuters. In March, the coronavirus took hold.

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Notwithstanding the warning, the federal government did not attempt to impose major curbs on four scientists.At the next general election held in 2024, how the pandemic could affect him or his party remains to be seen. Sunday in a state poll in the east state of West Bengal, his Hindu nationalist party won, though in the neighboring state of Assam.

In his letter on Sunday, leaders of thirteen opposition parties urged Modi to start free national vaccines immediately and to prioritize the provision of oxygen to hospitals and health centres. Although India is the world’s largest vaccine producer, it does not have sufficient for itself. Only 9% of the 1.35 billion population have received one dose.

Daily shots dropped sharply at a time when the supply levels were reached at the very beginning of last month. The vaccination centers in Mumbai have been deserted after the state government stated that the second dose for adults above 45 did not contain sufficient supplies.

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For ages 18 – 44, only limited doses were available and walk-in was not permitted. Because of the absence of raw material and a fire at the Serum Institute, AstraZeneca vaccine, India has struggled to increase the capacity beyond the 80 million doses per month.Pfizer Inc., another producer, is discussing “expedited approval” for its vaccine with the government, Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on LinkedIn, announcing a drug donation of more than $70 million.

India said last month that its drug regulatory authority would make a decision in three days on foreign vaccines, including Pfizer, for emergency applications. In response to the crisis, international aid has poured in.

The government said on Sunday, Britain would send another 1,000 fans to India. Tuesday will be sponsored by Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Modi.At least 17 countries, including Britain, Iran and Switzerland, have now reached Indian Covid-19 variants that have pushed a number of nations to close borders with travelers from India.

Source: Reuters

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