India has overtaken Brazil to become the most affected country in the world by the coronavirus epidemic.
A total of 90,802 new cases were reported overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 4,204,613.
With new daily records Corona virus India has the highest infection rate anywhere in the world.
According to the Indian Ministry of Health, less than a quarter of these cases are active and the recovery rate is more than 77%.
Although the death rate could be as low as 1.7% – one of the lowest in the world – more than 70,000 people have been infected so far.
It is not known why mortality is so low, though experts point to India’s young population, potentially less viral strain COVID-19, Strong immunity and high levels of heat in the country due to possible causes.
The government has increased its testing capacity with more than one million tests per day, which is one reason for the increase in daily cases.
But the concern is with the large number of reported cases in small towns, cities and rural India.
Dr Harendra Kushwaha is in charge of the Covid-19 Rapid Response Team at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.
His team is overseeing two blocks in Makanpur and Kinani with about 200,000 people, screening and surveying people living in sensitive areas – a task that is overwhelming for its 80-strong group.
Dr. Kushwaha told Sky News, “These are Corona fighters who are risking their lives together with Kovid-19 patients and their families.
“People don’t know if they’re carrying the virus and it could spread chaos. We have to break the chain.”
We followed the team to one of the residential areas where they met family members of home quarantined coronavirus patients.
Equipped with thermometers, oximeters, sanitizers and medicines, they were checking important statistics of people living within a 100 meter radius of the case.
Resident Anand Dubey said: “We are all very disturbed by the virus. These teams are coming to our house to spread awareness and warn people. It is very important and a big difference.”
India’s public health care system is badly inadequate and its infrastructure is under construction.
For decades, successive governments have spent more than 1% of GDP on public health care.
Two-thirds of the population rely on private medical care, which is expensive. Sickness can wipe out savings and push families into poverty.
The poor are the most vulnerable and the epidemic has made life harder in these difficult times.
For those working in the informal sector, which accounts for about 80% of the country’s working population, getting tested in a hospital can mean losing a day’s work.
This is important free mobile testing clinics at that location.
A doctor runs Sunil Minj, whose rapid antigen test goes to mobile clinic patients.
With the help of two laboratory technicians, they test about 40,000 people a day in slums, markets and construction sites in Delhi.
D Min. Minje told Sky News: “With [lockdown easing], Migrants are coming back and they inadvertently carry the virus.
“They live nearby and are reluctant to be tested for fear of being separated for 14 days, which also means that livelihoods are harmed.”
It was one of the hardest lockdowns in India for months.
But now life has become almost normal as it is slowly unlocked.
This is one of the reasons for the record number of daily cases in the country. In the past week, an average of 1000 deaths have been reported every day.
It is an ominous sign for the country, as the path of the virus is on an upward trend, with no persistent signs.
At Hindon Cemetery, a family gathered around the pier of a 53-year-old woman who died in Quaid-19.
Only the family member of the PPE claimant was allowed to perform the funeral.
A proper Hindu ritual which would have been indispensable for the bereaved family was hastened and was lacking.
COVID-19 has deprived everyone in life and death.
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