The top US infectious diseaseson India to take drastic action to protect its citizens and the world as the crisis spreads. Scientists have lashed the Indian government for “squandering” its early successes in managing the medical journal. The article in The Lancet said that Narendra Modi’s attempt “to stifle criticism” as the crisis escalates was “inexcusable”. It came as the top US infectious diseases expert said that India has “got to shut down” to take control of the devastating outbreak. “You’ve got to shut down. I believe several of the Indian states have already done that, but you need to break the chain of transmission, and one of the ways to do that is to shut down,” the White House coronavirus adviser told the US ABC’s on Sunday.
The director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease told CNN News18 on Friday that a lockdown of just weeks would help “break the chain of transmission” and bring down the number of cases so the nation canand “get ahead of the trajectory of the outbreak.” India has now reported 22.66 million cases and 246,116 deaths, with shortages and trees felled in public parks to cope with an unprecedented surge in dead bodies and cremations. Hundreds of cases continue to be reported daily; many believe the actual numbers are much higher.
“The scenes of suffering in India are hard to comprehend,” reads The Lancet article published on Saturday, which noted thatwere exhausted and falling sick. At the same time, is full of desperate doctors and relatives seeking life-saving supplies. “Yet before the began to mount in early March, Indian Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan declared that India was in the ‘endgame’ of the epidemic,” the article reads. The government’s COVID task force had not met in months before April. India’s leaders gave the impression “that India had beaten COVID-19 after several months of low case counts, despite repeated warnings of the dangers of a and the emergence of new strains.”
The article said modeling had falsely suggested India had reached, “encouraging complacency and insufficient preparation,” while data indicated that only 21% of the population had antibodies in January. “At times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s than trying to control the pandemic,” the editorial reads. “Despite warnings about the risks of superspreader events, the government allowed religious festivals to go ahead, drawing from around the country, along with huge political rallies — conspicuous for their lack of COVID-19 mitigation measures.” It said that this message that rollout, with less than 2 percent vaccinated.
The article claimed that a lack of communication with state governments had led to “mass confusion,” with states such asmuch worse hit than others. It said India urgently campaign”, reduce transmission as much as possible while the vaccine is rolled out, and own up to its mistakes. The Lancet article warned that the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation had predicted a “staggering” million deaths by August 1. If this were to happen, the Modi administration would be responsible for “a self-inflicted national catastrophe”. The disaster in India, one of the vaccine-manufacturing nations, has also jeopardized Africa’s recovery.
“The vaccine situation is extremely complex now because of the situation in India,” said Cameroonian virologist John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the African Union’s health watchdog. “We are hoping that there will be a continuousthrough Covax from India, but we are watching in total horror and disbelief what is going on in India; we don’t expect vaccines tohipped out of India anytime soon.” Africa has been spared the worst pandemic, with just over 124,000 deaths officially recorded and 4.6 million cases. However, its overcrowded cities, slums, and fragile mean it faces many of the same challenges that caused India’s destructive wave.