- Global COVID-19 fatalities and cases remain flat on a weekly basis.
- Indian cases and fatalities continue to rise.
- Australia criminalises travel from India till the ban remains effective.
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed 93,537 lives in last seven days – in what has been the deadliest week since the onset of the pandemic.
The weekly fatalities grew by paltry 5%, as COVID-19 took away nine lives every minute across the world in last seven days.
The weekly fresh infections dipped 2% to 5.67 million – implying 573 fresh infections every day.
But the major concern comes from India – the world’s second most populous country. The country of 1.4 billion people made up one-fourth of global fatalities and two-fifth of fresh infections – disproportionally higher than its population as the deadly pandemic continued to rip through the country. As on date, India makes up one-sixth of all the world’s people.
While the fresh infections declined across the globe and fatalities remained flat on a weekly basis, the numbers from India were outlier – albeit in a wrong way. Fresh weekly infections in India jumped 16% while fatalities surged by a whopping 46%. Unfortunately, on Saturday, India attained a dubious distinction – it became the world’s first country to report over 400,000 cases a day.
Many experts suggest that the numbers in India, especially fatalities, would be multiple times higher than those being reported. In many provinces like Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the number of bodies cremated in individual crematoriums under the COVID-19 protocol are way higher than the total fatalities being reported.
As the crisis in India continued to intensify, the Indian government swung into action to spruce up its image. India’s Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar – a former top diplomat – rushed to fix the global image of the government. Many critics say that the former diplomat has been “more interested in image management than actually addressing the critical crisis.”
Despite this image management by Mr Jaishankar and his team, the countries across the globe have closed their aerial traffic coming from India in a bid to keep their citizens safe from the virus. Such is the guarded approach by the global governments that Australia has criminalised any kind of travel from India till the ban stays.
However, the numbers on Sunday and Monday, suggest that the cases might have plateaued in the country on a broader level. Also, the country has opened up its vaccination drive for all its adult population from 1 May 2021.