India’s Covid-19 crisis has reached a new peak this week after it was reported this Tuesday that the nation hit a seven-day high for new cases. The World Health Organization, and many other experts in the industry, are worried about the virus’s variants, as those pose a more global concern.
According to the nation’s health ministry, India’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 329,942 while deaths from the virus rose by 3,876. India’s total Covid-19 infections have now reached 22.99 million and total fatalities have hit 250,000.
India currently is the world’s leader in the highest number of new daily deaths from the disease. According to compiled data one in every three Covid-19 deaths reported around the world every day come from India. The seven-day average of new cases is currently at a record high of 390,995.
The World Health Organization also claimed that the Covid-19 variant that was first identified in India last year is of global concern, as some preliminary studies show that it spreads more easily.
“We are classifying the Covid-19 variant of concern at a global level. There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility.”
Nations all around the world have been sending India medical gear to help support them, but many of the hospitals in India don’t even have basic life-saving equipment which is essential for combating the virus. A government official claimed that eleven people died yesterday in a government hospital due to a delay in the arrival of a tanker carrying oxygen.
Even more concerning, government officials have warned doctors to look out for signs of “black fungus” in Covid-19 patients as many of the hospitals have reported a rise in cases of the rare infections that are almost always fatal. According to reports “the disease, which can lead to blackening or discoloration over the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing difficulties and coughing blood, is strongly linked to diabetes. And diabetes can in turn be exacerbated by steroids such as dexamethasone, used to treat severe COVID-19.”
Doctors in the country are also warning against the use of cow feces to help combat Covid-19, as many individuals believe it has healing properties despite there being no scientific evidence to back that up.
“In the state of Gujarat in western India, some believers have been going to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies in cow dung and urine in the hope it will boost their immunity against, or help them recover from, the coronavirus. There is no concrete scientific evidence that cow dung or urine work to boost immunity against COVID-19, it is based entirely on belief,” said Dr J.A. Jayalal, national president at the Indian Medical Association.
A growing number of states have been increasing their restrictions as more and more individuals have been calling on the government to impose another nationwide lockdown.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.