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The first official case of the corona virus reached Nirmamia Hospital in Mumbai in early May, but it did not come as a surprise to Dr Amit Thaha.

The hospital’s director, Thadhni, had suspected for weeks that the virus was spreading in India’s financial capital, home to 200 million people, when he saw a steady stream of patients with non-fatal viral symptoms. But strict screening restrictions – and the government’s refusal to relocate the community – meant it had no way of proving or preventing it.

“Our current availability in screening is partly responsible for the infection we have, because we could have raised a lot of early cases,” he said.

Five months later, there are 1.8 million cases of corona virus in Mumbai and on Thursday, India crossed the dubious threshold of reporting more than 5 million cases across the country. With the fastest infection rate in the world, and no sign of the country reaching its peak any time soon, many have predicted that India will eventually overtake the United States.

“I don’t think India has the healthcare capability to deal with that.” When the first reports of covid were reported at her hospital, the fear was so great that more than half of the nurses and support staff disappeared overnight, never to return to work. In July, when the hospital became a coveted ward, all the beds were completed in 24 hours and have not been emptied since.

“It simply came to our notice then. The hospital is full of patients with moderate to severe symptoms and our intensive care unit is full. “There is a shortage of oxygen, we are really struggling to meet our daily needs, and many hospitals in Mumbai have stopped accepting new admissions because they do not have oxygen tanks.”

Thadhni said that after the Maharashtra state government questioned the role of medical professionals in treating cowardly doctors by party politicians, “it was not being taken care of”.

There is no way to describe the seriousness of the situation for doctors. There is always the fear, not about your personal safety, but about bringing the virus into the home and being responsible for the deaths of your family members, loved ones and friends. “It simply came to our notice then. The whole family was infected and his mother died while he was alive. He is completely shattered.

While cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata have recorded the highest number of cases so far, the data shows that the virus is now spreading to rural areas, with two-thirds of new cases reported. Are giving

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Due to the lack of doctors, health infrastructure and transportation in these areas, they rely on a dedicated brigade of healthy community health workers (ASHAs). Originally trained to help groups working with trained people, maternal health and education, Asha is now the first point of contact for rural villages fighting Kovid. He works day and night on the Corona virus front, earning only 5,000 rupees (£ 52) a month.

They include 45-year-old Vijay Prabhakaran, who hails from Modur, a small district in rural Kerala. She has 1,000 villagers to take care of her and if anyone has a cough, the Prabhakars make sure she knows first.

“People call me day and night because I have the virus.” “It’s stressful and exhausting because there’s never been a time like this before, even when the floods hit in 2018, but I have to stay strong and not have to show any fear in front of the cove,” he said. This is my duty: As hope, I set an example for the whole community.

The first case of the corona virus reached his district on August 23, and the disease has since spread to 15 people. Prabhakaran said she was “very scared” at first but quickly accepted the responsibilities she had shouldered. She is leading a local rapid response team that notifies the regional medical officer if there are any symptoms.

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Prabhakaran also set up a WhatsApp group for every household in the village, where she informs people about masks, social distance and hand washing, and she performed hand hygiene in a song in the local language, Malayalam. Written about importance.

As the epidemic continues unabated, the true humanity of the virus is only becoming clearer. Destroyed by the lockdown, India’s economy shrunk by 24% in the last quarter, the worst recession since the record began, plunging the country into an economic crisis. Since the lockdown, many factories and industries have not been able to resume operations and millions of Indian daily wage earners are unable to find work again.

Picture of five-year-old Sonia, who died of starvation.



Five-year-old Sonia, who died of starvation. Photo: Handout

This is evident in the village of Nagla Vadhichand in Agra, five miles from the Taj Mahal.

Before the epidemic and lockdown, villagers made money selling jute or working on construction sites, but many families have been unable to earn a living for months. Here, five-year-old Sonia Kumari died of starvation last month, after her mother Sheila, who could not find work, could not buy food for five days.

Sheila, who relied on her daily wage work, cried, “Since the Corona virus, there has been no work and no food and I have lost my daughter. A nearby brick factory.” Which feeds her family Rs. 200 (£ 2) a day.

During the lockdown, local authorities and NGOs donated food, but since it was lifted, food has stopped coming, and in a severe economic environment, it is almost impossible to find work.

“Since the virus, work has stopped and now more than 15 houses in this village are starving like us,” Sheila said. “Please tell me: when will it end?”

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