COVID-19 Crisis in India
By Matteo Somma
Volume 1 Issue 8
June 8, 2021
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Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic each person was impacted, some worse than others. One country, India, has been hit hard. From when the COVID-19 outbreak first started gaining infamous popularity, India was getting slammed with cases. As we surpass the one-year mark of the virus, India once again is increasing on daily cases rapidly. Death rates and reported COVID-19 cases have been rapidly increasing for the past few weeks in India, breaking massive global records and setting the COVID-19 death count to 3.41 million.
One explanation for the recent activity with COVID-19 in India is that its total population is ranked the second largest, after China. With over 1,340,330,000 people residing in the country, India takes up 17.7 percent of the total world population. With COVID-19 being a highly infectious and contagious disease, the overpopulated cities and towns of India make it extremely easy for the disease to spread. Many hospitals are denying care to patients, both COVID-related and non-COVID-related.
Another factor contributing to the crisis is the lack of resources. Hospitalization numbers during the peak of the pandemic also greatly increased. Because COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, medical device such as respirators and oxygen tanks are needed. Since India is a developing country, supplies and workers are limited leading many to increasingly die from the disease. India is also financially unsteady at times meaning they cannot buy the supplies they lack; healthcare workers are underpaid (which is causing many to go on strike), and the government can’t do anything about it.
As you may see, even though the whole world has been impacted by COVID-19, other countries like India are suffering the worst. With no feasible fix to their problem, it is estimated for India to continue suffering for many more days, weeks, months, or even years to come.