India reported 4,041 new Covid-19 infections on Friday — the highest single-day jump since March 11. This is reason to worry given that the densely-populated country has high levels of poverty and illiteracy, twin evils known to propel any scourge.
Given that India has eased almost all restrictions, the news might have come in just too late. On Thursday, media channels reported how Covid has struck in the Congress bastion with several top names having isolated themselves. Added, the Delhi High Court, Friday, asserted that people violating rules regarding wearing of masks and hand hygiene at the airport or in flight must face strict action.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been urged to authorize the flight crew and airport staff to take strict action against passengers and other concerned persons not following Covid-19 protocol on flight or at the airport premises. Among the penalties again put in place are, heavy fines and also put the offending passengers on a “no-fly list.”
India has recorded 43.17 million covid infections since the start of the pandemic and 524,651 fatalities, according to health ministry data, although the World Health Organization has said the death toll is significantly higher. The daily positivity rate, or the confirmed Covid cases as a percentage of overall tests, stands at 0.95% for the country while the weekly positivity rate has begun inching up, the data show.
Maharashtra, which was also an early hotspot in previous virus waves , is again seeing a spike in covid infections, with the positivity rate breaching 8% this week. Capital city Mumbai, saw a 231% surge in hospitalizations in May compared with the preceding month. While hospital admissions in May were just 215, the trajectory has alarmed state authorities. India’s devastating Delta-driven wave last summer had pushed daily cases past 400,000, crippling the healthcare sector and crematoriums alike.
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