The nation with the record for the most daily COVID-19 cases is no longer the United States. It’s India.
Since Thursday, India has reported more than 330,000 new cases every day. As of yesterday, the nation had over 17 million infected.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a “storm” that “has shaken the nation.”
Erik Morsehead with Mission India explains, “They’ve had a double mutant strain…that they think is part of the reason. And there’s been plenty of festivals as this is a huge season for that in the nation of India. So when you muster those two things together…along with hygiene and healthcare and having access to those things, it just took off.”
This second coronavirus wave is devastating India’s healthcare system.
“Hospitals are critically low on oxygen…. On top of that, major cities are seeing hospitals putting up to two people per bed as they deal with COVID. And a lot of hospitals are now turning away patients,” Morsehead says.
“We’ve heard reports of partners driving hours. One partner drove 20 hours to take a loved one to a hospital because they had an open bed. So it is just dire.”
The city of Bengaluru — Karnataka state’s capital and a technology hub — is responding to the surge with stricter lockdowns. Delhi was already in lockdown earlier last week. And other cities are following suit.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for this second COVID-19 surge to dissipate in India.
- Ask God to comfort struggling Indian families.
- Pray for encouragement for Mission India’s ministry partners as they distribute Relief Kits.