The current Covid-19 scenes in India is unbelievable.
As of Friday, May 14, more than 23.7 million cases of Covid-19 infection have been reported, with a mind-boggling daily average of 378,000 cases, along with over 258,000 deaths. Despite these incredibly worrisome stats, medical experts still believe the situation is likely to be vastly underestimated.
News and videos show overwhelmed health facilities along with health workers who have become so exhausted that they too are becoming infected. Even a cursory glance through social media will show you totally desperate people – masses and health workers – who are scrambling for limited or non-existent hospital beds, oxygen tanks, and other supplies that have since become dire necessities.
This second wave of Covid-19 cases began to build up at the beginning of March. Before then, the Indian Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan had claimed that the pandemic had reached its end. This callous impression from the country’s government, despite the recurrent warming of an impending second wave bringing a new, formidable strain, maybe singularly responsible for this unfortunate new situation. The false idea India had defeated Covid-19 encouraged complacency among Indians.
Nobody was prepared for what came next.
The second wave has laid waste to residents in major cities and regional hubs as medical centers are running out of medicine and oxygen. In rural areas and remote villages, medical personnel and supplies are in even shorter supply. Inhabitants are left to fight for their lives without medical assistance.
“There’s no one here — no health care, no doctor, no nurse,” Jeetu said. “There are no facilities in this village. So, then I tackled it in the way I saw fit.”
A farming settlement situated in Indian’s western state of Gujarat, Chogoth is home to around 7,400 people, going by the last census in 2011. As of the first week of May, Jeetu intimated to CNN that they had anywhere between 500 to 600 cases in the village. With no medical assistance and the closest city more than an hour away, the virus is still spreading.
The second wave crisis is being felt worldwide, from the capital of New Delhi to the tiniest villages. According to John Hopkins, Indian is only second to the United States on the list of the worst-affected countries.
Dinesh Makwana, a resident of Gujarat, said when he attempted to get his covid-positive dad into four hospitals, they were all packed beyond capacity. He eventually had to bring him back home.
“We were very shocked (by the second wave),” Makwana said. “The whole village is very shocked; everyone has become fearful.”
“All the people in the village were fearful,” Makwana continued. “In the 15 or 20 days this has happened, no one has stepped out of their homes. People have gotten that scared.”