COVID-19’s deadliest week kills over 93K globally, India remains worst-hit


  • 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.

Also Read: SOS calls giving way to obits as COVID-19 rips through India

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.

The content, including but not limited to any articles, news, quotes, information, data, text, reports, ratings, opinions, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (Content) is a service of Kalkine Media Pty Ltd (Kalkine Media, we or us), ACN 629 651 672 and is available for personal and non-commercial use only. The principal purpose of the Content is to educate and inform. The Content does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the Content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stocks of the company(s) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. Kalkine Media is neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. Users should make their own enquiries about any investments and Kalkine Media strongly suggests the users to seek advice from a financial adviser, stockbroker or other professional (including taxation and legal advice), as necessary. Kalkine Media hereby disclaims any and all the liabilities to any user for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising from any use of the Content on this website, which is provided without warranties. The views expressed in the Content by the guests, if any, are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Kalkine Media. Some of the images/music that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed/music used on this website unless stated otherwise. The images/music that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the internet, including paid subscriptions or are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source wherever it was indicated as or found to be necessary.
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK