The Indian government on Monday registered 90,802 new cases, taking the total to 4,204,613. The rate of spread of the virus in the world’s second most populous country, India, has increased faster than the previous month. In the first week of August, India was registering around 55,000 new cases daily. A month later, the daily number has reached 90,000. It is currently the most confirmed new daily Casiolad in the world.
But some experts believe that in terms of the actual number of infections, India has already surpassed the US.
Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan said, “This is only a time before crossing India when we are talking about reported infections, and given the low level of testing, it is certainly possible that the actual in India Infections have become more frequent in the US. ” The public health researcher and director of the Washington-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) told CBS News.
Laxminarayan said that “seroprevalence” examination of blood samples to detect COVID-19 infection in people with few or no symptoms “indicates that anywhere from 20% to 30% of Indians have already been infected. – This will translate to at least 100 million infections. ”
Despite a sharp increase in India’s numbers, the government has continued with sanctions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The measures began to loosen weeks ago, when the government lifted a tight nationwide lockdown, which had been going on for months, with disastrous effects on the economy.
Data released by the Indian government last week reduced the country’s GDP by 23.9% in the first quarter – the worst decline in four decades and the worst performance among all major global economies amid the epidemic.
India has so far accused 71,642 deaths of the virus, the third highest toll in the world. In the past week, there have been about 1,000 deaths every day. But given the number of positive tests in the country, those fatalities are relatively low.
The Indian government has repeatedly indicated low mortality as evidence of a successful anti-virus strategy, and continues to do so despite the increasing number of new infections as more restrictions have been relaxed.
India’s Health Ministry said in a tweet on Monday morning, “India has undergone extensive and calibrated actions under the umbrella strategy of test, track, treat, treat.” “Continued efforts through early diagnosis, and timely and effective treatment consistently push the CFR (case fatality rate) down,” it said.
India has allowed most businesses to reopen. Cities and towns across the country were already as epidemic as market jams.
On Monday after 169 days, the municipal government of Delhi allowed metro trains to resume service. Passengers must now go through thermal screening at stations, maintain social distance in trains, use the contact tracing app and urge them to “talk less” to prevent the virus from spreading. Subway services in more than 10 other Indian cities were also resumed on Monday.
While the government is eager to regain the economy, life is not normal for all Indians.
No plans to reopen schools
All schools across India have been closed since March, but children around the world are temporarily back in classrooms, with students in India still stuck at home.
Many private schools switched to online learning during the lockdown, but millions of children in the country – where a large proportion of the population lives below the poverty line – have no access to smartphones or the Internet, and are left out .
There is no clarity on the reopening of schools. The federal government has left it up to states to decide when schools can open their doors in consultation with parents.
Shivani Arora, a resident of Delhi, told PBS News, “If the government decides to reopen the schools, I will not send my daughter.” “Infections are increasing, my priority will be the health of my child.”
“When online classes are going well, what is the hurry to reopen schools?” Asked Sanjeev Singh, another parent whose sons study in a high school in Mumbai.
But some parents feel that online classes may not last forever.
Kalpana Mukherjee, whose son is in the 11th grade at a school in Kolkata, said, “My son is at such a critical stage in his career that online classes alone will not help.” He believes that schools should “reopen, in which maximum possible precautions can be observed.
A survey conducted by the government in the state of Haryana found that parents of about 85% of 10th and 12th grade students want schools to reopen, The Express reported.
Lakshminarayan, who teaches public health at Princeton University, told CBS News that given India’s current numbers and special circumstances, “it would make sense to keep schools closed for now”.
“We have not yet assessed the risk that transmission between children may occur to the elderly,” he said. “Given that people live in multicultural homes, school broadcasting can directly affect the elderly.”