The spread of the novel coronavirus in India continues. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 – the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), typically referred to as coronavirus – are rising sharply globally and in the country.
At the time of writing, confirmed COVID-19 cases globally number at 1,362,016 after the number of confirmed cases crossed the one million mark in recent days. The corresponding death toll due COVID-19 stands at 76,325 worldwide.
Considering fatalities and the 293,655 people who, fortunately, have recovered from coronavirus infection, there are 992,036 active COVID-19 cases. Of the currently-infected patients, 95 percent – corresponding to 944,431 people – are in mild condition. The remaining five percent of patients – translating to 47,605 people – are in serious or critical condition.
The extent of the outbreak of coronavirus in India can be quantified as a total of 4,908 confirmed cases at the time of writing according to data. Of the 4,908 confirmed infections with coronavirus in India, 4,389 are active with 382 people having recovered and, sadly, 137 people having died.
The Prime Minister has utilised today’s occasion of World Health Day to laud healthcare workers who have been fronting the response to coronavirus in India. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said “let us not only pray for each other’s good health and well-being but also reaffirm our gratitude towards all those doctors, nurses, medical staff and healthcare workers who are bravely leading the battle against the COVID-19 menace.”
However, concerns have been raised by healthcare workers over social stigmatisation over fears of contracting the coronavirus and a dearth of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied to them. This situation has prompted the Government to rush to secure PPE supplies both from domestic and foreign providers.
Modi has urged the citizenry to follow precautionary measures such as social distancing or physical distancing. This is being observed on a mass scale throughout the country as Indians continue to be in a complete lockdown announced by Modi last month.
The lockdown has been controversial, however, owing to issues such as the displacement of migrant labourers from the cities where they were working and incidents of mistreatment of the displaced by health authorities. Concerns continue to be expressed over the economic fallout of the pandemic and the lockdown and the perceived inadequacy by some commentators of the provisions included in a bailout package to mitigate the impact. In addition, some have expressed fears of tensions between religious and ethnic groups.