India is being overwhelmed by a second wave of new Covid-19 cases. After India reporting that the end of the pandemic is in sight and the country’s prime minister Narendra Modi telling citizen that India’s handling of the virus is an example for other governments, this second wave is extremely alarming.
According to reports, a new variant which has a so-called double mutation, is thought to be fuelling India’s deadly new wave of infections that has made it the world’s second worst-hit country.
Seeing the terrifying images of hospital services collapsing due to the influx of patients, overflowing crematorium areas, inundated calls for burial and ambulance services, and oxygen being administered to patients on the streets as infections surge, among other frightening images, being published on social media, is petrifying.
With the steady rise in the number of infected cases and the expected third wave, “flattening the curve” is an urgent need.
All measures like vaccinating a large percentage of the population must be employed by all governments to stop the transmission chain. Moreover, the current safety measures such as social distancing, masking, sanitising and minimising the unnecessary exposure of vulnerable people, must continue.
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of India and to all those around the globe who are affected by this horrific Covid-19 outbreak.