India this Wednesday set new daily highs for cases and deaths from coronavirus, adding about 361,000 infections and more than 3,000 deaths in one day for the first time, also breaking the 200,000 death threshold from the pandemic.
The critical situation in the country has again been reflected in data released by the Ministry of Health, which so far has accounted for a total of 17,997,267 infections and 201,187 deaths, with 360,960 and 3,293 deaths respectively in the past 24 hours.
With 2,978,709 active positives now, representing 16.3 percent of the confirmed total, India is facing an unstoppable surge in infections and mortality that is causing hospitals to collapse due to a lack of beds and supplies.
In this regard, the country will begin its third phase of the vaccination campaign this Thursday, which will include anyone over the age of 18, although states like Chattisgarh, Jharjand, Punjab and Rajasthan cannot start that phase due to vaccine shortages, according to the Hindustan Times ‘.
So far, only people over the age of 45 have been able to receive the drug, as have health workers and first aiders who achieved 147,827,367 doses in the Asian country.
Several countries have offered to help India cope with the second wave of COVID-19 with materials for the production of consumables and vaccines or medical devices such as the USA or Australia.
In this context, the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for the Indian government to “urgently” address the lack of medical care due to the coronavirus crisis “the fastest growing in the world”. It was also called for vulnerable communities to have “equitable access to treatment”.
“Donors and diaspora groups that are accelerating aid to India should encourage the government to end restrictions on freedom of expression and respect human rights in its response to the pandemic,” the organization added.
According to the NGO, following criticism of the government for managing the pandemic for lack of care and hospital care, it ordered the removal of one hundred social media posts, indicating the fact that the information was inaccurate.
“The Indian government should focus solely on its efforts to respond to people who are in dire need of help and who are dying from inadequate medical care,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asian director of Human Rights Watch.