India overtakes Brazil as second-worst hit Covid country

With daily case numbers reaching record highs, India has now surpassed Brazil as the world’s second-worst hit Covid-19 country.

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"the peak of second wave is yet to come"

India has overtaken Brazil to become the world’s second-worst country to be hit by Covid-19.

The second wave of the virus has pushed India’s case numbers to 13.5 million, surpassing Brazil’s total of 13.45 million.

India is now only eight million cases behind the USA.

Doctors have also reported a shortage of hospital beds and ventilators, saying that the country’s surge in cases is yet to peak.

India hit the highest record of daily cases on Monday, April 12, 2021, with almost 170,000.

The country has made multiple new records, with single-day cases consistently surpassing the 100,000 mark.

India now has the world’s highest daily average number of new infections.

As a result, experts and doctors have branded the situation as “critical”, and are warning that the worst is yet to come if urgent action is not taken.

Dr. Kumar, chairman of the Centre for Chest Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said:

“Situation in all hospitals across Delhi and rest of the country is highly critical.

“Hospitals are almost full in all cities, there are no ventilators, ICU beds and other Covid beds which are available.”

Dr Kumar has been treating Covid-19 infections in Delhi. He believes that the Covid-19 situation in India is getting out of control. He said:

“People are rushing from one place to another to seek help for their loved ones.

“From morning my phone is ringing for arranging hospital beds, ventilators in hospitals and including my own hospital where everything is full.”

Dr Kumar was among the first to raise an alarm over the spread of Covid-19 across India, saying that without proper action “it is going to get worse”. He said:

“We are soon going to cross 200,000 in daily spike as the peak of second wave is yet to come by the end of the month.

“We have to take measures now so that we can see the results in 10-15 days.”

In an attempt to tackle the spread of the virus, several Indian states such as Maharastra have re-adopted lockdown measures.

Alongside Maharashtra, other states showing a rise in Covid-19 cases include Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

According to experts, the current surge in cases across India is the result of a relaxed approach to protocols and the emergence of more infectious mutant variants.

India currently has almost 1.2 million active Covid-19 cases, and over 170,000 deaths.

On Monday, April 12, 2021, 904 fatalities were recorded.

Since the second wave hit India in March 2021, the country has overtaken Brazil for the second time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

It surpassed Brazil for the first time on September 7, 2020.

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