India’s epidemic figures set new records again

Statistics released by the Indian health department on the 29th show that in the past 24 hours, India has reported a total of 379,257 confirmed cases of new crowns and 3645 deaths, once again breaking the country’s record since the outbreak of the epidemic. India plans to start from May 1st, all citizens over the age of 18 can apply for vaccination voluntarily. However, when people give up waiting and see and eagerly make appointments for vaccination, many places are facing shortages of vaccines, so it is difficult to start the vaccination as scheduled next month. Vaccination plan. Under the threat of the mutant virus, many countries have issued travel bans to India and increased aid to India, and India has quietly changed its policy of not accepting disaster donations from other countries for 16 years.

Vaccine booking website was paralyzed

New Delhi TV reported that the Indian government’s official vaccination website officially opened for registration on the 28th, with more than 2.7 million hits per minute, and the system server was temporarily paralyzed. On that day alone, about 13.3 million people eligible for vaccination registered. According to the “Global Times” reporter, because the spread of the epidemic in India is beyond imagination, and in the case of severe shortage of medical resources, once infected, it is likely that they will not be properly treated. Most people have given up their previous wait-and-see mentality and hope that as soon as possible vaccination.

However, at the other end of the high willingness to vaccinate is the problem of insufficient vaccine supply. According to official statistics, the Indian government has currently provided about 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to various local states, of which the total consumption is 146 million doses (including depletion). The Hindustan Times reported on the 28th that the local governments of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and other local states stated that they may not be able to start the new project as scheduled on May 1 due to insufficient inventory and other reasons. One-stage vaccination plan. When asked on the 29th whether there are enough vaccines for the 18-44-year-olds, the Delhi Minister of Health admitted, “We don’t have a vaccine now. We have issued a supply request to the (vaccine) company.” He said, vaccine production. The business has not yet informed the Delhi government when the vaccine will be available.

Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu all hope to obtain more vaccines to “respond to possible unplanned vaccination applications.” The report quoted an anonymous official from Chhattisgarh State as saying, “We have placed an order for 2.5 million doses of vaccines from each of the two vaccine manufacturers, but have been privately informed that the delivery date will be scheduled to July.” A government official in Uttar Pradesh expressed similar concerns, saying that the progress of vaccination depends on availability.

Local state elections are still held as scheduled

In view of the current spread of the epidemic in India, especially the potential threat of variant viruses, as of the 28th, at least 10 countries including Italy, Singapore and other countries have stopped flights with India. Countries such as France and the United Kingdom have also reduced the number of flights or extended the mandatory quarantine period for people entering from India. The US State Department announced on the 28th that all American citizens in India are required to leave India as soon as possible, and other citizens not to travel to India.

According to CNN, some South Asian countries adjacent to India have adopted border control measures for fear of the spread of the virus. Bangladesh has closed its border with India for two weeks since this week, but normal border trade activities can continue. Sri Lanka has suspended negotiations with India on the “travel bubble”. The Times of India reported on the 29th that in order to prevent people from “taking advantage of the loopholes” in India, Nepal has banned Indian citizens from transiting from Nepal to other countries that issued travel bans to India on the 29th.

The cumulative number of deaths in India has exceeded the 200,000 mark on the 28th, and there have been more than 300,000 newly confirmed cases in a single day for a week. Under this severe situation, the final stage of voting for the local state assembly elections in West Bengal was still launched as scheduled on the 29th. “The Times of India” reported that as of 11 o’clock that day, the turnout rate reached 37.8%. Our reporter calculated based on the number of registered voters at this stage that more than 3.21 million people may go to the polling place to vote that day. The West Bengal State Electoral Commission stated that it has disinfected all polling places and will strictly implement the provisions of the epidemic prevention guidelines. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the public to vote actively through social media, saying that this would “make the democratic festival more fulfilling.” The Washington Post commented on Modi’s anti-epidemic policy on the 28th, “Between protecting his own image and protecting India, he chose to protect himself.”

International aid arrives one after another

At present, many countries are increasing emergency medical supplies assistance to India. According to Reuters, the White House issued a statement on the 28th that a batch of medical supplies worth about 100 million U.S. dollars will arrive in India on the 29th, including 1,000 oxygen cylinders, 15 million N95 masks, and 1 million rapid tests. Reagents. At the same time, the United States also transferred orders for AstraZeneca vaccine production materials to India, which will enable India to produce more than 20 million doses of the vaccine. The White House stated: “Just as India provided assistance to American hospitals at the beginning of the epidemic, the United States is determined to provide assistance when needed.” On the same day, 22 tons of Russian aid arrived in India, including oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment and 20 Ten thousand boxes of medicines.

“India Express” reported on the 29th that more than 20 countries and regions currently provide medical assistance to India. This is also the first time that India has given up its policy of “not accepting donations from other countries” in 16 years. In December 2004, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated after the tsunami disaster, “We believe that we can deal with challenges independently and will seek help when needed”. Since then, India no longer accepts disaster assistance from foreign governments. However, New Delhi is unwilling to admit that this policy has changed. The report quoted a source as saying, “This is not a donation, but a procurement.” “If governments or private entities in some countries wish to use these materials as gifts, we will be grateful.” He also said, “These gifts and donations are in return for India’s previous provision of emergency medical supplies.”