India’s pandemic spike offers lessons, a chance to help

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Only 1.4% of India’s population is fully vaccinated right now.

Sneha Bhandari

While some countries are recovering from Covid-19 as well as seeing their cases decreasing, India is suffering from a catastrophe that is likely to continue for some time. Since the pandemic started last year, there have been more than 17.6 million cases in India.

A New York Times story said that in the past week, cases have increased by 122 percent and deaths have also gone up by 215 percent. Roughly 200,000 people have died.

The Indian states with the highest number of Covid-19 cases are Maharashtra with 4,343,727, Kerala with 1,427,545, and Karnataka at 1,368,945.

People are being crammed into hospital beds or dying in ambulances. Hospitals are full, oxygen supplies have been running low, and people are dying while waiting in line to see a doctor.

Many unreported deaths are taking place, as people are dying at home, on the streets, and even outside the hospitals.

It has been said that an increase in the cases may have been due to the lack of following pandemic safety rules. Millions of people attended a Hindu festival and election rallies that were being held in Bengal.

Under nine percent of the people in India have received the first vaccine and only 1.4 percent of the population are fully vaccinated. If things do not change, the country will be facing about 3,000 deaths a day.

The explosion in cases serves as a reminder to countries where cases are dropping, such as the United States, that Covid-19 is still a global threat and can spread at any time. People here need to get the vaccine as well as follow the evolving guidelines to prevent cases from increasing.

Countries all over the world can help India by donating, sharing vaccines, and supplies. India, meanwhile, should consider going under lockdown.