South Asia turns into a global hotspot with an increase in coronovirus cases

ISLAMABAD: South Asia’s initial optimism has eradicated the worst outbreak of the coronovirus epidemic, as densely populated areas have turned into a global hot spot as the rate of infection increases.

After several months in the US and Western Europe, cases of COVID-19 are rising across South Asia – home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population – where the virus wreaks havoc on vulnerable medical systems and undermines health agencies. Pushed towards breakdown.

Overflow hospitals from Kabul to Dhaka are clearing away suspected virus patients, mortars are being overwhelmed as they struggle to cope with graveyards and crematoriums, and desperate families searching for help from critically ill loved ones Huh.

“The situation is appalling,” said Abdur Robb, a senior doctor at Chittagong General Hospital in Bangladesh.

“Patients are dying in ambulances on the streets as they look for beds in hospitals (intensive care) or hospital admission.”

The vice-chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University in Western Australia, Archie Clements, said the situation would worsen.

The growth curve is “still in an exponential phase”, Clements said.

“We may go to death in large numbers in the coming weeks.”

More than eight million people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 446,000 have died, with the virus growing rapidly throughout South Asia and Latin America.

Lockdown, ease of mounting cases

As disastrous scenarios are playing out, as cash-strapped governments choose between enforcing lockdowns or low-income families plunging into poverty, there is often no safety net to catch them.

India is the fourth-worst-ranked country in the world with more than 354,000 confirmed cases – although limited testing means the actual numbers are likely to be much higher.

Mumbai and New Delhi jumped more than 2,000 to 11,900 on Wednesday after updating their figures.

The government won in one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in late March. But millions of migrant workers were left unemployed and, unable to find homes, were sometimes held in crowded facilities, increasing the risk of transmission.

As the government consistently lifts restrictions, cases have boomed.

Michael Kugelman, an analyst from a country like Washington, said, “The problem is that in a country like India with rampant poverty and a large migrant community, you can expect everyone to shelter everyone and ride the storm. ” Wilson Center.

In neighboring Pakistan, which has recorded more than 160,000 cases and caused more than 3,000 deaths, Prime Minister Imran Khan opposed the nationwide lockout, saying the country could make it sick.

Many opted to ignore the social distance guidelines and were relaxed into the provincial lockdown during the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday last month, which helped the current increase in cases.

Samad Fakhr said, “When Eid was celebrated, the public signaled the ease of the lockout that the disease was completely eradicated. They devastated the markets, they left for the funeral. Northwest.” A surgeon in the city of Peshawar.

Authorities have warned that Pakistan will see more than one million cases by July, and the World Health Organization has called for a new lockdown, a measure which Khan rejected.

In Pakistan’s overwhelmed hospitals, doctors say national leaders wasted precious months preparing for a possible attack.

Saidullah Shah, a doctor in the task force of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association COVID-19, said, “We had a chance to prepare for it, but unfortunately it did not happen. Things are getting worse.”

“Are we ready for this? Absolutely not. … People will start getting violent when they don’t find a bed.”

Also further limiting the crisis is limited testing that is skewing the data.

Last week, nine state-run cemeteries in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, as well as burial figures released by dozens of smaller cemeteries in the neighboring city, reported at least 1,600 additional deaths in April and May, a top Bengali news report reported is.

Yet the Health Ministry figures show that only 450 people died from COVID-19 in two cities.

A similar anecdote is emerging in conflict-ridden Afghanistan, which has only accepted more than 26,000 cases and 500 deaths – an impossibly low number for a country that failed to enforce lockdown amid ongoing fighting And where the poor laborers are unable to live in the house.

Kabul Governor Mohammad Yakub Haider said last week, “We have reports of suspicious deaths rising, people bury dead bodies at night.”

“A disaster is coming.”

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