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India’s Seven-Day Covid Average at New High, WHO Issues Warning on Tension | India News


BENGALURU: The coronavirus crisis in India showed scant signs of relief on Tuesday, with an average of seven days of new cases at a record high and international health authorities warned that the variant of the virus in the country represents a global concern.
Daily cases of coronavirus in India increased by 329,942, while deaths from the disease increased by 3,876, according to the Ministry of Health. The total coronavirus infections in India now stands at 22.99 million, while the total deaths increased to 249,992.
India leads the world in the daily average number of new deaths reported, accounting for one in three deaths reported worldwide each day, according to a Reuters account.
The seven-day average of new cases is at a record 390,995.
The World Health Organization said the variant of the coronavirus first identified in the country last year was being classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily.
“We are classifying this as a variant of concern globally,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on Covid-19, said at a briefing in Geneva on Monday. “There is some information available that suggests increased transmissibility.”
Nations around the world have sent oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment to support India’s crisis, but many hospitals across the country are struggling with a shortage of life-saving equipment.
Eleven people died late Monday at a government hospital in Tirupati, a city in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, due to a delay in the arrival of a tanker truck carrying oxygen, a government official said.
“There were problems with oxygen pressure due to low availability. Everything happened within five minutes,” said M Harinarayan, the district’s top bureaucrat late Monday, adding that the SVR Ruia hospital now had enough oxygen.
Sixteen faculty members and several retired professors and employees living on the campus of the Muslim University of Aligarh, one of the most prestigious in India, had died of coronavirus, the university said.
To increase tension on medical facilities, the Indian government has told doctors to look for signs of mucormycosis or “black fungus” in patients with Covid-19, as hospitals report an increase in cases of the rare but potentially fatal infection.
The disease, which can lead to blackness or discoloration of the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing up blood, is strongly linked to diabetes. And diabetes, in turn, can be exacerbated by steroids like dexamethasone, which is used to treat severe Covid-19.
The country’s doctors had to warn against the practice of using cow manure in the belief that it will prevent Covid-19, saying there is no scientific evidence of its effectiveness and that it runs the risk of spreading other diseases.
In the western Indian state of Gujarat, some believers have gone to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies with cow dung and urine in hopes that it will boost their immunity to coronavirus or help them. to recover.
“There is no concrete scientific evidence that cow dung or urine acts to increase immunity against Covid-19, it is entirely based on belief,” said Dr. JA Jayalal, National President of the Indian Medical Association.
India’s second wave has increased calls for a nationwide shutdown and prompted a growing number of states to impose tougher restrictions, hurting businesses and the broader economy.
Production of the Apple iPhone 12 at a Foxconn factory in the southern state of Tamil Nadu has plummeted by more than 50% as workers infected with Covid-19 have had to leave their jobs, two sources told Reuters.

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