tirsdag 4. mai 2021

Rural India Likely To Be Hit by India’s COVID-19 Tsunami

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging India’s cities is likely to cause even greater devastation with infections spreading to smaller towns and villages. Health infrastructure in rural and small town India is far weaker than that in cities. Unable to access medical treatment, many COVID-19 patients in rural India could die. The daily caseload during the second wave has touched unprecedented levels. On Saturday, the country reported 401,993 new infections in the preceding 24 hours, bringing the country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to over 19 million.

Several states including Delhi, Karnataka, and Maharashtra have imposed lockdowns to control the transmission of the coronavirus. Migrant workers in industrial hubs have been heading home to their villages and towns in response to surging cases in cities and the lockdown announcements. Their numbers are not small.