Corona-crisis — So severe the pandemic hits South Asia: “catastrophic”

Overcrowded morgues and an overtaxed health care system are just two of the problems that aggravate in South Asia, pandemic. The situation in the Region is in many places unendurable.

Long lists of rejected patients, poor care wait: While the number of Corona explodes in new infections in South Asia, the under-funded health systems before the collapse. From Afghanistan’s Kabul to Dhaka in Bangladesh reject the hospitals, suspected cases, while families are desperately looking for help for their seriously ill family members. The morgues are overflowing, the cemeteries and crematoria the onslaught has not grown.

“Patients die in the ambulance”

“The Situation is catastrophic”, according to the doctor Abdur Rob of the Chittagong General Hospital in Bangladesh. “The patients die in the ambulance on the streets while you are between hospitals, back and forth.”

Archie Clements, from the Curtin University in Western Australia believes that the Situation will worsen in South Asia, with nearly a quarter of the world’s population: The growth curve was “still in an exponential Phase”, says the health expert. “We might be heading in the coming weeks, a larger number of fatalities.”

India ranked four in the world

Worldwide, 8.5 million people have been infected with the novel Coronavirus, and more than 450,000 are Infected died. With more than 380,000 of confirmed cases in India is on rank four of the world’s worst-affected countries – where the actual number of cases is due to the low test rate is probably much higher. The number of fatalities jumped on Friday to more than 12,500.

At the end of March the government was praised that she had one of the most strict lock downs worldwide. However, millions of migrant workers became unemployed and were since they could not return home, traveling in crowded shelters, which increased the risk of contagion. When the authorities loosened the restrictions gradually increased the number of Infected steep.

Pakistan: Over 150,000 people infected

“In a country such as India with its widespread poverty and large immigrant community you can not expect that all of the on-the-spot seek shelter and wait until the storm is over,” says Michael Kugelman of the Washington research Institute, Wilson Center.

In the neighbouring Pakistan with officially, so far, 165.000 Infected, and more than 3,200 deaths in government was chief Imran Khan against a Lockdown: This would save “the people from the Coronavirus, but to starve to death,” says the Premier.

Many Pakistanis ignored in addition to the precautions: “To break the fast (…) flooded the people, the markets, went to funerals, there was no enforcement of the distance rules,” says the surgeon Samra Fachar with a view to the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at the end of may. Now your hospital has to send in Peshawar in the North-West “almost every day” patients for lack of beds, or oxygen to go home.

By July over a Million cases expected

In the population, conquer anger, the envelopes, sometimes in violence against the nursing staff, told Fachar. The authorities have warned, in Pakistan, there could be up to July up to 1.2 million cases. The world health organization called for new measures, which it refused Khan.

In Bangladesh, the media were counted according to reports, in the nine public cemeteries of Dhaka, and dozens of small grave fields in a neighboring town in April and may at least 1,600 additional burials – the authorities report in the same period, however, only 450 Corona-the death victims in the two cities.

Similar messages come from the war-torn Afghanistan. “We have cases, reports of an increase in suspicious death and the fact that people at night, bodies buried,” reported the Governor of Kabul, Mohammed Jakub Haidari. In the Afghan capital, there were probably more than a Million Infected: “it will be a disaster.”

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