The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India has proliferated cases to unimaginable levels. The official tally of deaths in the country from Covid has passed the three lakh mark, adding the country to the global junk league with just two other countries leading – the United States and Brazil.
The repeated and prolonged shutdowns in various states have certainly helped reduce the immediate burden on health facilities, but nothing has been able to stop the deaths caused by the lack of facilities such as ventilators and oxygen. Until everyone is vaccinated, the fight against Covid-19 will require a cultural change. Over the past few days India has reported more than two lakhs of daily cases and thousands of deaths and not to mention each of us have learned the hurtful views of crumbling health infrastructure and overcrowded crematoriums like never before. .
With 2,40,842 new cases of Covid, the total number of cases in India rose to 2,65,30,132 this morning. 3,741 deaths were also reported within 24 hours. Additionally, we have rural areas where testing is either non-existent or very poor, which could add in large numbers to the total tally of cases and deaths. While the United States has reported 589,703 deaths for 33,105,188 cases, followed by Brazil with 448,208 deaths for 16,047,439 cases, India is now only behind the United States and Brazil in the total number of deaths.
The second wave has already brought our health care system to its knees, or rather it is crawling now. Some experts argue that the actual numbers are actually ten times higher than the displayed numbers, which may also be true. The alleged sham surrounding the Covid numbers is nothing but a huge debacle within our authenticity. Other developed countries have very strong primary care facilities, a very systematic referral system, and robust processes to deal with untoward incidents. In India, vaccination is the only way to reduce the severity of the infection. Tough times require tough decisions, and let’s face them with courage.