“May Day” arrived, many friends choose to travel. Pandemic prevention and control is very important, wearing a mask is indispensable. And abroad, the recent spread of Coronavirus situation has become serious. India’s sudden outbreak of a new outbreak has touched the world’s nerves.
WHO Director-General Tedros : The situation in India is heartbreaking and WHO is doing everything in its power to provide critical equipment and supplies.
India reported 379,257 new confirmed cases and 3,645 new deaths on April 29, the highest number since the outbreak began, according to the Ministry of Health. It is reported that India’s current cumulative number of newly confirmed cases has exceeded 18.3 million.
On April 27, 2021, Rajish Busan, Secretary of the Ministry of Health of India, tested positive for the new coronavirus. The week before, Mr Busan admitted that India was experiencing an “oxygen crisis”.
“We have produced 7,500 tons of oxygen, of which we have allocated 6,600 tons of oxygen for medical purposes, and in the next few days we will increase the distribution of oxygen, ” said India’s health ministry secretary. As we said, we also ask states to properly plan the use of oxygen and move towards the rational use of oxygen, which is what we should work on together
New Delhi has seen a black market for high-priced oxygen because of oxygen shortages.
Reporter: Who needs oxygen?
Family of the patient Qatar: My grandmother.
Reporter: How sick is she?
Family qatar: If we don’t give her oxygen, she’ll die in the hospital, which doesn’t have oxygen.
Reporter: So you’re taking this to the hospital?
Patient’s family Qatar: Yes.
People lined up with cylinders and pulled them away in cars.
Family of the patient Qatar: The hospital is far away, no one can go in, my grandmother is inside, my young mother is inside. He looked at the car, and there was no one else.
Reporter: How long does it take you to get to the hospital?
Family members of patients Qatar: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Oxygen is an important resource for treating patients with Coronavirus serious illness. When British Prime Minister Johnson was admitted to the intensive care unit last year, he declared it “oxygen therapy.” Previous WHO global statistics show that about 14% of patients need oxygen treatment.
“There is a very short supply of oxygen, ” said Kuchar, director of the Chandi Mukand Hospital. At present, we have 110 patients admitted to hospital, 12 people using ventilators and more than 85 people using oxygen, all of whom are patients. We usually need 2,300 kilos of oxygen, and yesterday we only got half a bottle of oxygen.
Outside the isolation centre in New Delhi, patients can only share oxygen tanks in their vehicles and wait in line for treatment.
Sumit Ray, director of the intensive care unit at St. Family Hospital: “It’s terrible, it’s actually very bad.” It’s not a crisis, it’s a devastating mess, and that’s the way I can describe it. It is already a very mild word to say that the crisis has been reached.
On April 21st India’s ministry of health said the proportion of people testing positive daily had reached 13.82 per cent. In New Delhi, 28,395 new cases were reported that day, and the positive rate soared to more than 32%, meaning that one in three people tested were infected with the new coronavirus.
Software engineer Gore: My husband and my mother are infected, even my father. My mother was in a hospital in Gurgaon, and my husband was there. My mother died this morning because she didn’t have a ventilator, or she would have survived. Now my husband needs ventilator support, and the doctor says we have to wait two days.
As a software engineer, Gore belongs to India’s elite and feels helpless.
Software engineer Gore: That’s bad. I saw a message that it wasn’t the virus that was killing people, it was the incurability to treat it that led to death.
Software engineer Gore: I’m educated, I’m an engineer. I work for the world’s top companies but can’t do anything.
In the corner of Mumbai’s financial district is one of the largest “square-cabin hospitals” in the area. There are 2,300 beds, including more than 800 oxygen-absorbing beds and more than 120 intensive care unit beds.
Mumbai resident Dinesh: “They’ve been taking drugs on me since yesterday, and 99% of my arm pain and breathing problems have been solved.” Now I can talk easily without oxygen, I can’t talk before.
But as of April 27, mumbai had only 51 intensive care unit beds and 19 ventilators unoccupied.
Sumit Ray, Director of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Family Hospital: “The patients we are treating are now beyond the capacity of the intensive care unit you see. We put the patient on the bed, put the stretcher between the beds, our ventilator ran out, and we were using an anaesthetic machine to breathe the patient. We now have young patients, and we have experimented with them. Despite this, our ventilators are exhausted and the patients in the ward are in critical condition. Ideally it should be in the intensive care unit, but we don’t have room for them.
According to Hyde, a global health researcher at the University of Southampton, the root cause of the outbreak in India is crowding.
Big Pot Festival is an important religious festival in India. Thousands of pilgrims gather on the Ganges River in Tarakahand.
Reporter: You’re from far away, a lot of people are gathered here in a virus pandemic, aren’t you afraid?
Sanjaysi Pilgrim: Without fear, there is no virus.
Kilinas Pilgrim: We are not afraid of contracting the virus, God is with us. People should be in awe of God and have a good festive atmosphere.
Analysis by the Associated Press found that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government still agreed to allow a big pot festival at a time of soaring infections, taking into account that Hindus are the party’s biggest supporters and do not want to cause popular discontent.
On 29 April, voting in the eighth phase of local elections continued in West Bengal.
Voter Mukherjee: That’s really good. The precautions against Coronavirus are also very precise and the social distance is very remote, which is a great experience.
At present, West Bengal has become India’s highest confirmed growth rate, far more than New Delhi and other affected areas. The results of the election are expected on 2 May. But at the same time, India’s outbreak prevention and control situation is worrying.
On 26 April, a couple married in protective clothing in Ledland, Madhya Pradesh.
The groom’s father, Lars: “It’s actually been a few days since the groom tested positive and he didn’t have symptoms, so that’s not a problem, that’s why we agreed to the wedding ceremony.”
The couple’s family and police also attended the ceremony.
Government official Galger: We learned there was a wedding there, the groom tested positive, we came here to stop the wedding. But on the advice of senior officials, we allow married people to be equipped with personal protective equipment so that no virus can spread.
This is reminiscent of a year ago, in June 2020, also in Ledland, when Aslam, a local saint, claimed to be able to “treat Coronavirus with a kiss”, which led to the diagnosis of 20 believers and the eventual death of Coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus tester Joe Han has warned people not to believe the dangerous claims and sparked a national debate.
New Delhi resident Arora: I don’t know what to say, people are still celebrating the Big Pot Festival, there are still mass rallies outside the big city. So if there is no control, I don’t see the point of people controlling the metropolis. Are we more afraid of viruses than they are? Or are they more invincible than us? That’s hard to say. But we still have to follow the guidelines to protect ourselves.
Also in a hurry are medicines.
Pharmacy owner Gregg: The government has no drug stocks, no fabio (antiviral drugs), methole (drugs to reduce the immune response). The doctor prescribed it, but we didn’t have any medicine. If this continues for a few more days, we will be beaten.
Reporter: So what about the drugs associated with Coronavirus?
Pharmacy owner Gregg: They can’t provide it. We placed 10 orders and only got 2 orders from the dealer, and who should we give these two drugs to?
At the same time, India’s vaccination programme has been affected.
“We will only start vaccination if we have it, ” said Singh, health minister in Punjab, India. How do we start without a vaccine?
Reporter: So, will vaccination begin for adults over the age of 18?
“We’re ready, our medics are ready to get vaccinated, but we don’t have a vaccine,” said Singh, health minister in Punjab, India.
Some experts believe that the outbreak rebound is likely to be related to the “double variant virus” found in India.
Gupta, professor of microbiology at the University of Cambridge, said: “The variant B.1.617 found in India has not been studied and is not very clear. But it does have some mutations we know, such as the L452 mutation in the receptor-binding domain, that are part of the protein. The infectious or infectious nature of the protrusion protein increases at least fivefold.
Bangladesh, which is also in South Asia, has also been hit by a new outbreak and is also facing a shortage of medical resources.
Patient’s family: If we take her to the hospital, the hospital can give her oxygen, it will help a little bit. If death is her destiny, go, but at least she can get some treatment. They didn’t treat her in time, which is why we felt pain.
The World Health Organization says confirmed cases of the B.1.617 strain have been detected in at least 17 countries around the world as of April 27, including the United States, New Zealand, Singapore and Europe.
WHO Director-General Tedros : Over the past few weeks, much of the world’s attention has been focused on India. Although India remains in serious crisis, the international community is encouraged by its support. At the same time, we must remember that many countries around the world are still experiencing intense transmission, and as you know, Brazil is one of the countries most affected by the new corona pneumonia pandemic.
On April 30, 400 body bags were placed on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to draw the world’s attention to the Outbreak in South America.
The latest data released by the Brazilian Ministry of Health on the evening of the 29th showed that within 24 hours, Brazil added 69,389 new confirmed cases, a total of 145,90678 confirmed cases;
Jeweler Apareshida: I’m afraid (into the commuter car), we’re all worried (infected), I try to avoid going out.
On April 28, a passenger plane flying from India to Italy was forced to carry out a 10-day quarantine after arriving at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport.
It comes after Italy’s health minister, Speranza, signed an order for stricter testing. The United States announced travel restrictions on India.
Harris, USA: On the advice of medical experts and national security advisers at the Centers for Disease Control, we have announced that travel restrictions will be in place starting Tuesday (May 4).
On April 29, a Russian transport plane arrived in New Delhi carrying anti-Pandemic materials.
Indian Foreign Secretary Shirinla: In fact, I would like to say that there is already a lot of assistance from different countries in support of India. More than 40 countries have actually committed themselves to providing us with many of our most urgently needed projects.
On April 30, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Indian Prime Minister Naremon Modi on the outbreak of new pneumonia in India.
In his message of condolence, Xi said that mankind is a community of destiny of solidarity and that only by working together can the world finally overcome the Pandemic. China is ready to strengthen anti-Pandemic cooperation with India and provide support and assistance to India.
On April 29, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong tweeted about China’s supply of anti-Pandemic materials to India.
“Since April, China has supplied India with more than 5,000 ventilators, 21,569 oxygen machines, more than 21.48 million masks and about 3,800 tons of medicines,” according to the General Administration of Customs.
On April 26, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka’s Twitter account said 800 oxygen machines had been flown from Hong Kong, China, to Delhi, and another 10,000 this week.
The International Monetary Fund had forecast that India’s economy would grow by 12.5 per cent in 2021 and was on track to return to its previous level.
But according to Time columnist Cohen: “The renewed explosion of the indian Pandemic may not be just a huge humanitarian crisis.” It could also have a negative impact on global economic growth.
From this point of view, preventing the outbreak from spiralling out of control requires the efforts and mutual assistance of countries around the world. ”