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India: Double mutant Covid-19 variant depletes oxygen supply



FILE PHOTO: India's Covid-19 infections surge out of control.

India has been overrun with the new “double mutant” Covid-19 virus variant, overwhelming hospitals and depleting oxygen supplies. Over 330,000 new Covid-19 infections were announced today with 2,000 deaths per day. Hospitals around the country are desperate for oxygen supplies for patients on ventilators, as Max Smart Hospital and Max Hospital Saket even took to Twitter to plead for supplies. They tweeted that 700 new patients arrived and they had less than 1 hour of oxygen supply remaining.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi planned a minimum of 3 meetings to address the crisis, and develop a solution for the lack of critical medical supplies, medications, and oxygen across India. The government failed to restrict huge public gatherings around the country including massive traditional weddings, political rallies, cricket matches, and the Kumbh Mela festival, a gathering in the city of Haridwar that drew about 25 million mostly maskless Hindu pilgrims to one of the world’s largest religious events.

Now India faces much stronger restrictions to try to contain the rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak. New Delhi remains in lockdown, with the northern state of Uttar Pradesh shutting down tomorrow, restricting the 240 million residents there. Maharashtra has barred all non-essential services. While hospital struggle to provide care for the influx of new Covid-19 infected patients, a fire broke out in a Mumbai hospital killing 13 patients.

Other countries have begun closing their border to Indian travellers as well. Canada has cancelled all flights from India and Pakistan, while the United Arab Emirates imposed travel restrictions for travellers from India as of yesterday. While in January India maintained hope that they had dodged the bullet of a major pandemic, the current double mutant spread shows no signs of waning any time soon.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. James

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Absolutely no chance of stopping this in such a crowded country of over 1 billion people. Hopefully, it will run its course quickly so the at least 99.7% of infected people who survive won’t die from the lockdowns.

  2. LondonAl

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Funny how every time a country loses control of the virus through incompetence a new super strength variant emerges for the government to blame it on, in this case a “double mutant” variant, what next a triple salchow with pike variant?

  3. Rick grimes

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Hahaha ha. Bs where’s the dead bodies in the streets we were promised.

  4. Arvind

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Yeah my country’s government really dropped the ball. Mass gatherings, electrocal crowds, all this happened while they were celebrating that Covid was “under control” with about 10,000 daily cases. Sheer hubris.

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