India tops 20m COVID cases, ‘horrible’ weeks ahead: Live news | Coronavirus pandemic News

India’s number surges over 20 million, which has increased by 357,229 new cases in the past 24 hours, while the death toll has increased 3,449 to a total of 222,408.

India confirmed more than 20 million coronavirus infections in the official total on Tuesday, although it is believed to be a huge undercount.

A vicious spike in COVID-19 cases has left the country’s healthcare system at a breaking point as hospitals run out of oxygen and almost all hospital beds are occupied.

The country has seen scenes of people dying in front of overwhelmed hospitals and pyres that lit up the night sky.

Here are the latest updates:

12 minutes ago (04:53 GMT)

“Terrible” weeks ahead, warns a prominent expert

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University in the United States, said he was concerned that Indian politicians with whom he has been in contact believe things will improve in the next few days.

“I was … trying to tell them, ‘If everything goes very well, things are going to be terrible for the next few weeks. And it can take a lot longer, ”he said.

Jha said the focus must be on “classic” public health measures: targeted shutdowns, more testing, universal mask wear and avoidance of large gatherings. “That’s what will break the back of this wave,” he said.

20 minutes ago (04:44 GMT)

India’s number of COVID-19 infections is more than 20 million

India’s number of coronavirus infections rose more than 20 million in the past 24 hours, attributable to 357,229 new cases. The number of deaths rose by 3,449 for a total of 222,408 deaths. This was shown by data from the Ministry of Health.

India is the second nation in the world after the United States to have reached the grim milestone. It took the South Asian country a little over four months to add 10 million cases, up from more than 10 months for the first 10 million.

20 minutes ago (04:44 GMT)

India virus crisis a “disaster like an earthquake”

Doctors at New Dehli hospitals say their infrastructure is on the verge of collapse in the face of the surge in Indian coronavirus and asked the West and the international community for help.

Beds are full and facility oxygen supplies are dangerously low, leading to increased deaths. In some cases, a new patient can only get an ICU bed if the previous inmate dies.

The crisis does not seem to be showing any signs of easing, which means that medical staff are also on the verge of exhaustion.

One doctor compared the situation to a “major disaster” and said a response comparable to that after an earthquake was needed.