CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL IN INDIA
Coronavirus infection is now established as a low mortality rate disease. The death toll is thankfully low as compared to the number of cases. Of all the deaths, most of the deaths have been in Wuhan, China. Hubei, the capital of Wuhan is the epicenter of this disease. 82,096 people have died as of date. The count of dead and the infected is climbing very fast.
India saw one death on 11th which was suspected to be due to Coronavirus. But, later it was confirmed to be from other causes. By 8th April, 5,356 confirmed cases and 160 deaths have come to light in India. Now, since the last few days Coronavirus cases are rapidly rising in countries. China seems to have got over the worse period as things look stable there. Not much increase in daily cases is seen there.
COUNTRY-WISE CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL AND CASES
|Japan||4257 + 696*||93 + 7*|
|United Arab Emirates||2359||12|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||450||13|
* For Japan, 705 people are quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship. This cruise ship is anchoring at Yokohama for several weeks. It is suspected that Japan’s problems started from this ship. Nearly 1,000 people were allowed to disembark from the ship. They had tested negative to Coronavirus tests, but seems there were some misses.
Coronavirus has taken 166 countries under its grip now. Many countries out of these have just 1 case reported. The worse impacted countries after China are Iran, Italy and South Korea. And the count is rising by leaps and bounds. Germany, France and Spain are the worse hit European countries after Italy.
USA has now the largest number of cases, over 400,540 cases and 12,857 people have died. Now countries are showing an ominous jump in cases everyday. While new cases in China have stopped emerging. Don’t know what China has done that its cases have jammed around 81,000 something for so many days now! Most likely the infected people are already on the path to recovery. The news of the first case in any country is always disturbing. Same was the case with India.
CORONAVIRUS SPREADING SPEED IN INDIA
India has seen scattered cases all due to some infected NRI or foreign nationals visiting here. The sudden jump in count is attributed to a person travelling back from European countries. Recent days has seen a manifold jump in number of new cases across Indian states. The fear is sufficient to cause a frenzy to buy hand sanitizers and masks. People have even started hoarding and stocking essentials. Retailers and wholesalers, all are minting money by selling products at a huge premium, sometimes greater than the MRP price.
Such is the rush at chemist shops that even they lost count of their sales. Very similar situation is observed on Amazon and Flipkart where masks from popular companies quickly go out of stock. Users even bought sub-standard and counterfeit N95 masks from a motley range of sellers. Surgical masks are also sufficient to counter the risk of contacting Coronavirus. If you are also one of them who are finding it hard to procure masks, then go for surgical masks.
Indians already have high immunity towards infections. Some people jokingly say that Coronavirus won’t even be able to extract a sneeze out of Indians. Jokes apart but there is a degree of truth in this too. India inadvertently makes kids quite tough from the day they are born. The polluted air, water and food and the lifelong tussle of Indians with them makes them quite tough. I do not mean to say that Indians never get ill of viruses or bacteria. They do catch diseases and that too in large hordes. But, the mild symptoms which most Coronavirus patients display should not be a serious concern for Indians.
I wish the Coronavirus spares more deaths in India.