The Indian Ministry of Health this Wednesday reported the highest number of coronaviruses recorded on the last day of 295,941 new cases and 2,023 deaths, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked state governments to propose a closure as a last resort.
The country has accumulated 15,616,130 positive results for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 2,157,528 active cases, while the total death toll stands at 182,553.
India is facing a significant surge in infections and mortality that some states are trying to curb with closings and restrictions, such as Delhi, which has imposed a full closure by April 26, while restrictions are also in Maharashtra, one of the hardest hit states , were introduced. until May 1st.
In this regard, Modi has indicated that the “challenge is enormous” and that it must be “met with determination, courage and preparation”, although he has advocated “making efforts to avoid the blockage” and on focus the micro-containment zones. “.
“I urge states to view the closings as the last option,” he said.
The lack of oxygen in the care of affected patients is another major problem in the country, as several states are trying to meet the high demand, according to the Hindustan Times.
In this regard, Modi has guaranteed that “efforts will be made to increase the production” of this input and its supply “at various levels”. “Actions are being taken, such as installing new oxygen systems to provide thousands of new cylinders,” he said.
On the other hand, the government has abolished import duties on remdesivir, one of the drugs used to treat coronavirus patients, and its raw materials. “Imports of remdesivir, injections and specific supplies have been made duty-free. This should increase supply and reduce costs, thereby relieving the burden on patients,” said the Indian Minister for Railways, Trade and Industry. Piyush Goyal.
India is the second largest country in the world after the US and has been hardest hit by the pandemic.