The number of infected people in the country is increasing every single day. Each and every unthinkable number is coming nearer and nearer as India’s rate of infection is about to cross 12,000 cases in a single day.
When the outbreak of the virus had actually started our rate of infection was around 80 people a day the total tally being about 500 cases. This was the scenario on the 25th of March. Since then we have progressed. We have dedicated hospitals; we’ve produced and distributed masks, sprayed sanitizers, got testing kits and tightened as well as relaxed lockdown restrictions. But one thing that we have not been able to do is to control the spread of the virus.
At the time when the lockdown began in India, our country was far behind the likes of Italy, Spain, the UK, the US, Saudi Arabia, Iran and a few more countries. There was a time when countries like Italy and Iran formed the centre of international sympathies due to their uncontrollably high rate of infection and death resulting out of it. Then came the period when the US’s lockdown policies felt the need to reach rank no 1 and they stood at the centre point of international sympathies once again only this time for their stupidity of protesting against lockdowns.
The only thing that separated these countries from us was their rate of testing and their death count. As we rolled into the various phases of our lockdown the rate of infection kept on rising and we kept on moving around with absolutely zero regards for social distancing norms. In these phases of the lockdown, we’ve grown fast, fast enough to overtake all of these countries except the US. In other words, we’ve risen above every country whose administration and policies look like they are trying to save their own country.
Our total number of cases have crossed 3, 00,000 and on the 15th of June, they stand at 3, 32,424. We’re the fourth worst-hit country as of mid-June. Our rate of infection is the third highest in the world. The trends show that our rate has only been increasing with some minor exceptions and countries with infection rates higher than us such as Brazil and the US are facing a downward infection rate curve.
Even though Russia and the US have more number of cases than us, they are advanced and progressed first world nations. They have the facilities to face the pandemic much more than India does. Every other day we read articles about how our medical staff is underpaid, how our facilities are understaffed, how the patients are mistreated and left around like toys.
As different countries relax their lockdown restrictions they seem to be having control over the situation much more than India. The number of patients who have recovered in our country is less than countries with lower total cases. For example, Italy has 2,36,989 cases out of which 1,76,370 have recovered but India with a total of 3,32,424 has 1,69,798 recovered cases.
For long a major part of our administration has hidden behind statements such as increasing rates are only because of the increase in testing numbers. Trying to show that over the last 4 months the only reason why our rate of infection is rising is that more and more testing kits are being introduced seems like a very foolish argument to be made.
India’s trends and statistics cut a very sorry figure for the future of the country. Not only is the country facing a pandemic it is drowning in it. We are no just facing an economic breakdown, but we are drowning in it.
All numerical data is taken on 15th June, 2020.