India Sets Covid-19 Infection Record For the Fourth Day Straight

Jacob Nguyen

On Saturday, India reported over 349,000 new Coronavirus cases. This was the fourth day in a row the country has set the world record for daily infections during the Coronavirus pandemic. The country has also reported its highest death toll for the ninth day in a row, adding up to 2,767 fatal deaths in just 24 hours. In the past three days, the country of over 1.3 billion people had recorded a million new cases, bringing the toll of infections to 16.9 million recorded cases in total. 

Due to spiking coronavirus cases, India’s communities and hospitals are being devastated. Everything from intensive care unit beds, medicine, oxygen and ventilators are in short supply. With bodies piling up, authorities were forced to hold mass cremations at makeshift sites. 

Amid the growing concern over the B.1.617 coronavirus variant that was first spotted in India, the countries of Germany and South Korea announced travel restrictions for India on Sunday. The Indian Health Ministry noted that the mutations in the B.1.617 variant increased infectivity and had an advantage in escaping the immune response. Starting on Sunday night, German citizens will only be able to enter the country from India after receiving a negative Covid-19 test, and they will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Flights carrying South Koran citizens will only run on limited capacity. 

As pressure builds up in India to combat the raging spread, the country further stresses the importance of getting vaccinated. On Saturday, the health ministry said that it had administered a total of 140 million doses against the Coronavirus. However, India still ranks among one of the lowest when compared to other countries in vaccinations per capita. On Monday, the country announced that people aged 18 or older will be eligible for a Coronavirus vaccine starting on the first of May. This was a decision made to combat the second Coronavirus wave that had shaken the nation.