KOMPAS.com – Positive confirmation case for Covid-19 in India reported to have reached 7,053,806 cases on Sunday (11/10/2020).
The total cases were obtained after the Indian Ministry of Health recorded an additional 74,383 new cases of infection in the last 24 hours.
Currently, the United States has recorded a total of 7,945,505 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
India also recorded an additional 918 deaths, bringing the total death toll from Covid-19 to 108,334 people.
Meanwhile, of the total number of infections, 6,077,976 patients were declared cured of viral infections.
“We are able to keep the curve going up slowly, but I agree that we cannot decrease it aggressively yet,” said Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health expert.
“The problem is that it is related to population density, the diversity of the country and the socio-economic challenges in our country,” he continued.
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Health resources are limited
Guleria said that so far the number of victims who died from Covid-19 in South and Southeast Asia was relatively lower when compared to European countries and the United States.
However, some other experts say India’s reports of the death toll may be unreliable due to poor reporting and inadequate health and testing resources.
On the other hand, India’s limited health resources are now burdened by the spread of the virus that has spread evenly throughout the country, including the countryside.
Nearly 600 million Indians live in rural areas, and with the virus hitting India’s vast interior, experts fear hospitals will be overwhelmed.
The problem is getting worse, because people start to ignore the recommendations of the government and health experts to prevent the spread from spreading.
Dr. SP Kalantri, director of a hospital in Sevagram village, Maharashtra, said that people in his village had stopped using face mask, keeping distance or washing hands regularly.
Starting to ignore
In early October, India recorded an average daily increase of 70,000 cases. However, this figure is predicted to increase.
The Health Ministry has warned about the potential spread of the virus during the upcoming religious festival season. Religious festivals are synonymous with large gatherings at temples and shopping districts.
The crucial factor so that transmission does not become more widespread is the awareness of people to always wear masks and maintain a safe distance.
“If people are able to comply with safe physical distancing and masks, maybe early next year we can return to normal. The Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet, but at least it will be quite under control and people will be relatively safer,” Guleria said.
However, a former virologist, Dr. T. Jacob John said, currently there is a growing trend among Indian people to no longer wear masks or maintain a safe distance.
This has been exacerbated by the spread of disinformation and false information about alternative treatments or medicines that are claimed to cure Covid-19.
“And as a result, people started getting fed up and finally started making their own conclusions,” said John.