New Delhi, May 9 (EFE) .- India registered this Sunday more than 400,000 cases of coronavirus for the fifth consecutive day, in addition to reporting for the second day more than 4,000 daily deaths, a rate of infections and deaths that the Asian country does not achieve bend.
The number of infections in the last 24 hours amounted to 403,738, some 2,600 cases more than yesterday, which brings the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic in the country to 22.2 million, according to the Indian Ministry of Health. .
In addition, the number of deaths crossed the barrier of 4,000 deaths for the second day in a row, registering 4,092 in the last day, 95 less than on Saturday, placing the total at 242,362, a global count only surpassed by the United States and Brazil.
India remains the second country with the most cases behind the United States, with 32.6 million, although it has become the epicenter of the pandemic with the highest increase in daily cases due to a second wave that has been going on for more than a month. hitting the country.
The number of active cases stands at 3.7 million and the positivity rate at 22.7%, a sign that shows the severity of the pandemic in India, when just a month ago it was 10.3%.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the pandemic to be under control in a country if the positivity rate is below the 5% threshold.
To reduce this rate, it is essential to increase the number of tests, but Indian laboratories are collapsed, with long waits to be able to get a test whose results can be delayed for days, which prevents controlling the disease and quickly identifying those infected and isolating them.
In the last day, 1.8 million tests were carried out, raising the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 302 million, but the daily number has not increased significantly compared to last October, for example, when 1.1 million were carried out. of tests per day in a country that registered some 70,000 daily cases.
Faced with this situation in the country, in which there are dramatic daily scenes in which hospitals are overwhelmed and cannot give access to more patients due to lack of beds or sufficient medical oxygen for the most serious cases, accelerate the campaign of vaccination is seen as the only way out.
35 MILLION FULLY VACCINATED
For a week this campaign has increased the number of beneficiaries to the entire adult population, when in the previous phase it covered those over 45 years of age, but the lack of sufficient vaccines has prevented the rate of immunization from increasing.
Thus, slightly more than 2 million doses were administered in the last day, raising the total since the start of the campaign in January to almost 170 million doses.
Yet only 35.3 million of India’s 1.35 billion people have been fully inoculated with one of the country’s approved formulas, AstraZeneca’s Covishield, made by the Serum Institute of India (SII), or Covaxin. , from the Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech; to which is added the imported Russian Sputnik V. EFE
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