India reports 276,110 new cases, as nearly two-thirds of people tested show exposure to COVID-19, according to a chain of private labs.
India has reported 276,110 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, while deaths rose by 3,874, as nearly two-thirds of those tested showed exposure to COVID-19, a chain of private labs said. , which indicated a runaway escape of the virus.
The number of infections in the South Asian nation is 25.77 million, with a death toll of 287,122, according to data from the health ministry on Thursday.
For months, India has been hit hard by the pandemic, as a new variant that was discovered caused an increase of up to more than 400,000 new infections a day.
And with the overflow of hospitals and crematoria and the overflowing health system, it is widely accepted that official figures seriously underestimate the real effect of the epidemic, and some experts say infections and deaths can range from five to ten times higher.
There are fears that the new, highly infectious variant is out of control and that many cases will not be reported due to lack of evidence, especially in the vast field.
Data from Thyrocare, a chain of private labs, appeared to support these fears, showing that 63.5% of people tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies over the past seven days, compared to 45% a month ago. back.
Data from 25 states included people infected in the past, vaccinated, uninfected and those who had not been vaccinated, the company’s chief executive, Arokiaswamy Velumani, said on Twitter.
Criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on the rise, but Mr Govinda Rao, a former member of the prime minister’s economic advisory board, said the pace of the virus’s spread surprised everyone.
“The unprecedented speed with which the second wave of the pandemic spread completely neglected (state) governments and people,” Rao told the Hindu newspaper.
Daily tests hit a record two million on Tuesday, according to figures from India’s State Medical Research Council.
But that is still below India’s 3.3 million daily testing capacity, said Rijo M John, a professor at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences in the southern city of Kochi.
John also questioned the usefulness of the evidence.
“Many of these tests are being rolled out in urban centers, where cases may have peaked and therefore don’t serve much purpose,” John said. “It’s time for them to be diverted to more rural areas, but I doubt it’s being done.”
Modi’s approval has fallen to a new low, two polls showed.
Voting agency CVOTER found that for the first time in the seven years Modi has been in office, there were more people expressing their dissatisfaction with his government’s performance than satisfaction.
Hospitals have had to keep patients away while mortuaries and crematoria have been unable to cope with the bodies piling up.
Photographs and television images of the burnt funeral pyres in the car parks and the bodies that were washed on the banks of the Ganges River have caused impatience with the government.
India is the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, but its slow vaccination campaigns have also been criticized, plagued by a lack of supplies.
The government said about 98 per cent of the population, 1.335 million people, were still susceptible to the infection.
India stopped vaccine exports a month ago after giving or selling more than 66 million doses and government sources told Reuters news agency that it is unlikely to resume major vaccine exports until at least the October, as it prioritizes national needs.