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Covid-19: India’s rural areas hit hardest in second wave, report says | India News

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NEW DELHI: Rural areas were hit hardest by the second wave of Covid-19 compared to urban centers and India accounted for more than half of global cases daily for six days in May due to increased infections in rural districts said the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) in its ‘pandemic pointers’ published on Friday.
As part of its new compendium of data on general environmental issues, released on the eve of World Environment Day, the indicators show that 53% of new cases and 52% of deaths in the country last month were registered in rural districts.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has severely exposed India’s healthcare system. While the dismal preparedness in urban areas of India has been in the spotlight, a more distressing scenario is emerging in rural areas of the interior, ”said the CSE in the new statistical report: The State of the Environment of India in figures, 2021.
Pointing to gaps in the existing health infrastructure, he said: “Community health centers in rural India need 76% more doctors, 56% more radiologists and 35% more laboratory technicians.”
Noting that India accounted for all other new Covid-19 cases and one in three deaths due to the infection recorded globally in the first 26 days of May, the report said: “What went unnoticed is that every second case New and reported death from India in May was from rural districts. This means that one in four reported cases in the world that month was from rural India. ”
Emphasizing the need to have enough data to make correct political decisions and intervene in time to minimize the severity of the crisis, CSE CEO Sunita Narain said: “Today it is accepted that one of the reasons we lost the virulence and speed of the second wave is due to the fact that the prediction model did not have adequate data on immunity surveys in populations. ”
Noting the burden of biomedical waste facing the country as a result of the pandemic, the report said there was a 46% increase in Covid-19 biomedical waste between April and May 2021. “At the same time, the treatment of this loses waste has submerged, ”he said, noting that hospitals dealing with Covid-19 patients produced 2 lakh kg of biomedical waste per day in May, accounting for about 33% of India’s non-Covid biomedical waste.
Referring to the available data, the report pointed to a worrying outlook, saying that India managed to treat 88% of its biomedical waste in 2019 compared to almost 93% in 2017. “India still disposes of 12% of its hospital waste without any treatment. Bihar and Karnataka are doing worse, ”he said.



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