The manifestations of the intensification of the Corona virus crisis in India continued today, Tuesday, as the average new infections over a period of 7 days rose to a new record.
The Indian Ministry of Health said that the daily new infections in India on Tuesday amounted to about 330,000 cases, while the deaths reached 3,876 cases. To date, the total number of injuries in India is about 23 million, while the number of deaths is close to a quarter of a million.
Reuters statistics show that India leads the world in terms of the daily average announced for the number of new deaths, as it witnesses a third of the global deaths declared daily. The average number of injuries in India over a period of 7 days reached a record level, with about 391,000 cases.
The World Health Organization said that the virus strain that was first discovered in India last year has become a global concern, and that some studies show that it spreads more easily.
Although countries from all over the world sent oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment to India to support it in its crisis, many hospitals across the country are still suffering from a lack of means to save lives.
A government official said 11 people died on Monday evening at a government hospital in Tirupati, southern Andhra Pradesh, due to the late arrival of an oxygen truck.
Aligarh Islamic University, one of the most prestigious universities in India, said that 16 faculty members and a number of retired teachers and workers living on campus have died due to infection with the virus.
Adding to the pressure on medical facilities, the government asked doctors to watch out for any signs of infection with mold or (black fungus) in patients with “Covid-19”, as hospitals reported an increase in cases of the rare disease that can lead to death.
Doctors were forced to warn Indians against using cow dung, as they believed it prevented “Covid-19”, and they said that there is no scientific evidence of its effectiveness and that its use threatens to spread other diseases.
And in the western state of Gujarat, some Indians used to visit cowsheds once a week to cover their bodies with dung and urine, thinking that it boosts immunity or contributes to curing the Corona virus.
No new infections
As for China, which is the first epicenter of the pandemic, the National Health Committee announced today, Tuesday, that no death or local infection related to the Coronavirus has been recorded during the past 24 hours.
The committee indicated – in a statement – that it had received reports of 14 cases of corona, all of them imported from abroad, raising the total number of injured to more than 90,000 cases, and the number of deaths remained at 4,636 people.
She added that 10 people left hospitals on Monday, bringing the total of those recovering to more than 85,000 people.
The European Office of the World Health Organization warned that the Corona pandemic may have unexpected effects, leading to an increase in obesity among children.
A report issued by the World Health Organization’s regional office published today, Tuesday, concluded that school closures due to the epidemic may have negative effects on nutrition and physical exercise for children, as they miss school lunches and school activities.
“(Covid-19) could lead to an increase in one of the most worrisome pathways in the WHO European region, which is the increase in childhood obesity,” said Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
Klug added that weight gain and obesity are linked to life-threatening diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
The US Food and Drug Administration said yesterday, Monday, that it has expanded the emergency use permit for the use of the “Pfizer-BioNTech” vaccine against the Coronavirus to include children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 years.
Previous approval was limited to administering the vaccine, which was developed by the German company Biontech vaccine manufacturer and its US partner, Pfizer, in the country to people who are at least 16 years old.
Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock described the expansion as “an important step in the fight against the (Covid-19) pandemic.”
And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the country has reported that about 1.5 million cases of “Covid-19” have been recorded among the population between the ages of 11 and 17 years since the beginning of the pandemic.
And combined data showed that the total number of Coronavirus infections around the world reached about 159 million as of Tuesday morning, while the number of vaccine doses given around the world reached 1.32 billion doses.
The latest data available on the American Johns Hopkins University website showed, on Tuesday morning, that the total number of injuries reached 158 million and 957 thousand cases.
The data also showed that the number of people recovered exceeded 95 million, while the total deaths increased to 3 million and 303 thousand cases.
With regard to administering vaccines, the data collected for “Bloomberg News” showed that about 1.32 million doses of anti-virus vaccines were given worldwide.