Record-high number of COVID-19 cases in India 2021-05-01 11:22:12
I've been seeing this a lot lately elsewhere on the net, and I'm not sure if it has been mentioned here - but yesterday, India broke its previous record, with over 400K new (recorded) cases and a 7 day average of 365,000 new cases.
This is off the back of a first wave that had about ~68,000 recorded new cases per day at its peak back in September, and I remember looking at the graphs back then and 1) being shocked at the numbers and later 2) wondering why it had peaked for some reason (given that the trajectory was all but downwards, and coming off the back of a series of reopenings).
In the meantime, people are dying due to a widespread lack of oxygen in hospitals, with crematoriums running at full and over capacity, prompting people to take matters into their own hands. (Anecdotal stories of people having to search for oxygen far and wide, including depending on the Internet for help can be found online as well)
Normally, this isn't a political topic, except this wave is in large part due to political rallies and unnecessary religious gatherings held at the behest of the ruling party. As usual, the ruling party (the BJP) maintains that it is not due to those, despite evidence to the contrary;
Depending on who you ask, though, some choose to deflect the blame on the opposition party, the INC, or ignore reality altogether and pretend cases rose "naturally" - and this is in large part because 1) many more people in India lean right or hard-right and 2) the BJP has a long history of using widespread disinformation campaigns online.
Finally, vaccination schedules are going haywire, with everyone 18+ being eligible on paper; in reality, though, there is also a widespread vaccine shortage in many parts of the country. Schedules for the AZ vaccine, which were spaced out for 6-8 weeks in the past, have now been moved up to 12 weeks, which means that many people who were initially eligible (55+) only received their first dose so far.
There's a lot more to say about this, but I'm going to stop here. It's been dizzying to comprehend this, especially with relatives in India at the moment. Nearly everyone knows someone who has either got or died from the virus at this point.