The country of India is currently experiencing a shocking and tragic second wave of the coronavirus COVID-19. The South Asian country is home to a population of roughly 1.4 billion people – a significant amount of the world’s total population – many of whom live below the poverty line. Healthcare services in the country have been put under immense strain due to the subsequent number of admissions, with intensive care units having been maxed out for weeks.
The first wave for India in this ongoing global crisis of the worldwide pandemic coronavirus COVID-19 came in Autumn last year, with daily deaths rising to over 1,200 people a day in September 2020. Cases have risen exponentially this year from late March 2021, to over 3,500 people dead a day in late April.
Scientists and other experts have criticised the response of the Indian government to the crises. The government, which has been run by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi since 2014, was slow to roll out a vaccination plan that could have helped curb or prevent such a serious second wave.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare in India has confirmed 19,164,900 cases of coronavirus across the nation, with a resulting 211,853 deaths so far – as reported in The New York Times on Saturday May 1, 2021.
Journalists have been reporting on the crisis, with shocking images of bodies piled up outside hospitals and mass graves shocking viewers around the world, making the severity of the situation impossible to ignore.