The surge in the country’s morbidity has created a situation close to a humanitarian catastrophe.
India’s health ministry said on Wednesday that 4,529 people had died in the past 24 hours. The country has recorded more than 4,500 deaths per day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
So far, 283,248 deaths and more than 25.4 million infections have been reported in India. According to both indicators, the country ranks second after the United States, where 587,219 deaths were recorded out of 32.9 million confirmed cases of infection.
A surge in the world’s second-most populous country has led to a humanitarian disaster: hospitals are overcrowded, there is not enough oxygen to treat patients, and the bodies of the dead are burned in numerous makeshift crematoriums. Experts believe that the real mortality statistics are much higher than the official ones.
Amid calls for the cancellation of the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo due to the growing number of new infections, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, speaking in the Japanese capital on Wednesday, promised that both the Olympics and the subsequent Paralympics would be safe for all participants.
Bach promised that more than 80 percent of the Olympic Village’s residents will be vaccinated against COVID-19, and additional medical staff from various national Olympic committees will be available during the Games.
Meanwhile, Taiwan authorities on Wednesday announced that the island would receive 400,000 AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative.
A high-alert regime has been put in place throughout the island, requiring the wearing of masks on the street and the closure of all secondary businesses.
Taiwan was considered one of the world’s few success stories in containing the spread of the coronavirus: until recently, there were only 2017 cases of infection and 12 deaths. Now the island is facing a sudden outbreak of the disease, which authorities have linked to infections among flight crews of the state-owned China Airlines and a hotel at Taoyuan International Airport. On Wednesday, 267 new cases of infection were recorded in Taipei, and two days before that-335 cases. According to the Johns Hopkins Institute, 2,260 confirmed cases of infection and 14 deaths have been reported on the island.