- Over 152 million cases have been reported worldwide with more than 3 million deaths.
- India is witnessing the worst COVID-19 outbreak across the world.
- Countries are administering COVID-19 vaccinations to curb the virus spread.
Since the COVID-19 virus wreaked havoc on people's lives all over the world, nations have been struggling to fight infections that keep resurfacing due to mutations. Over 150 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded to date with the death toll crossing the 3 million mark worldwide.
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The US leads the world with more than 33 million cases and 0.5 million deaths, followed by India that has witnessed over 19 million cases and 0.2 million deaths as of 1 May. Brazil is also amongst the worst affected countries reporting over 14 million cases.
India’s COVID-19 cases cross 0.4 million mark
India reported more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time on Saturday as it fights a crippling second wave. The country has been recording 3 lakh daily infections for 9 days straight.
Infections have overrun hospitals, morgues, and crematoriums, leaving families desperate for limited drugs and oxygen. Despite the fact that India is the world's largest manufacturer of COVID-19 vaccines, shortages of the shots in some states prevented all adults from receiving vaccinations.
In response to the Covid outbreak, the United States and Australia have imposed travel restrictions from India. Those who disobey the current law face a five-year prison sentence in Australia.
Several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, and Japan, have promised long-term assistance to India as its hospitals struggle to meet demand. The first shipment of Covid supplies from the US arrived in India on 29 April.
The vaccination push
Various countries have begun vaccinating their population to eliminate the spread of deadly COVID-19.
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While in the US, over 240 million doses have been administered, the UK has vaccinated more than 40 million people. US President Biden has overseen ramped up distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, reached deals for enough shots for all adults in hist first 100 days.
Nonetheless, the situation remains grim in India. India has started with its third phase of vaccinating people in the age group of 18-44 years. The Health Ministry of India statistics says that over 156 million vaccinations have been done in the country as of 2 May. However, the country faces acute shortages of vaccine supplies and plans to increase vaccine production and availability in the coming months.
The rapid surge in Indian cases has come at a time when other countries are seeing the pandemic easing.