Record number of COVID-19 cases in India

India, the world’s second most populous country, is experiencing a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The country is reporting over 300,000 new COVID-19 cases and 2,200 deaths every day, the highest number since the pandemic started last March.

Until a few months ago, Indian authorities had very good control over the situation. However, critics say the government opened up society too early. In many areas, life returned to normal and large mass gatherings with thousands of people were allowed.

Now, hospitals are overcrowded and many patients are not admitted. There are not enough beds, medical supplies and there is a lack of oxygen.

In addition, India has witnessed a very high number of COVID-19 variants, some of which cause more infections. The situation is especially severe in cities , where 30% of the population are tested positive. There may be even more cases because not much testing is done and many infections are undetected.

India has also been slow at vaccinating its population. Only 10% of Indians have received a first dose of vaccine, only 2% of the population are fully vaccinated.

Health workers in India
Javed Anees, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Words

  • authorities = group of people who are in control of something
  • fully = completely, with both shots
  • lack = not enough
  • mass gatherings = hundreds or thousands of people get together in a small space
  • medical supplies = the things you need to take care of people in a hospital
  • pandemic =
  • populous = many people live in a country
  • severe = here: dangerous
  • society = the people in general and the way they live and work together
  • undetected = not found
  • vaccine = liquid that can protect people from a disease or illness
  • variant = here: virus that has changed and is different from the original form
  • witness = see, experience