By Abhirup Roy and Aishwarya Nair MUMBAI (Reuters) -India will recruit lots of of former military medics to assist its overwhelmed healthcare system, the protection ministry mentioned on Sunday, because the nation grapples with document COVID-19 infections and deaths amongst calls for a whole nationwide lockdown.
By Abhirup Roy and Aishwarya Nair
MUMBAI (Reuters) -India will recruit lots of of former military medics to assist its overwhelmed healthcare system, the protection ministry mentioned on Sunday, because the nation grapples with document COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a whole nationwide lockdown.
Some 400 medical officers are anticipated to serve on contract for a most of 11 months, the ministry mentioned in a press launch, including that different protection docs had additionally been documented for on-line consultations.
COVID-19 instances and deaths have been hitting data each two or three days. Deaths rose by greater than 4,000 for a second consecutive day on Sunday. (Graphic on international instances and deaths) https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi
Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the previous month whereas others have introduced restrictions on public motion and shut down cinemas, eating places, pubs and purchasing malls.
However strain is mounting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown because it did in the course of the first wave final yr.
The Indian Medical Affiliation (IMA) referred to as for a “full, well-planned, pre-announced” lockdown as an alternative of sporadic night time curfews and restrictions imposed by states for a number of days at a time.
“IMA is astonished to see the acute lethargy and inappropriate actions from the ministry of well being in combating the agonizing disaster born out of the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, “it mentioned in an announcement on Saturday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a high White Home coronavirus adviser, mentioned on Sunday he has suggested Indian authorities they should shut down.
“You have to shut down. I consider a number of of the Indian states have already carried out that, however you have to break the chain of transmission. And one of many methods to do this is to close down,” Fauci mentioned on ABC’s ” This Week “tv program.
Modi is battling criticism for permitting large gatherings at a non secular pageant and holding massive election rallies over the previous two months at the same time as COVID-19 instances had been surging.
The well being ministry reported 4,092 deaths over the previous 24 hours, taking the general loss of life toll to 242,362. New instances rose by 403,738, simply shy of the document and growing the entire because the begin of the pandemic to 22.3 million.
India on Saturday reported its highest ever single-day COVID-19 loss of life toll of 4,187. The Institute for Well being Metrics and Analysis estimates that India will see 1 million COVID-19 deaths by August.
With an acute scarcity of oxygen and beds in lots of hospitals and with morgues and crematoriums overflowing, consultants have mentioned the precise numbers for COVID-19 instances and fatalities might be far larger than reported.
The world’s largest vaccine-producing nation has totally vaccinated simply over 34.3 million, or solely 2.5%, of its 1.35 billion inhabitants as of Sunday, based on knowledge from the federal government’s Co-WIN portal. (Graphic on international vaccinations) https://tmsnrt.rs/3tUM8ta
Help has been pouring in from all over the world within the type of oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators and different medical gear.
(Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Mumbai and Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Further reporting by Saurabh Sharma in Lucknow and Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Alasdair Pal, Himani Sarkar, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Nick Macfie and Lisa Shumaker)
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