37 Million Cases in a Day, Hospitals Overflowing in China; India on Alert Mode Ahead of Festive Season

infected people looking for open beds, patients slumped on chairs in hospital corridors and lying on the floor for lack of beds.

According to a Bloomberg report, which cited an estimate from the Chinese government’s top health authority, China may have reported 37 million Covid cases this week, the largest single-day increase ever. The Bloomberg report, citing minutes from an internal meeting of China’s National Health Commission on Wednesday, estimates that 248 million people in China were infected in the first 20 days of December this year, and that 37 million new cases were also recorded in December. 20, which is a big deviation from the official figure that China had 3,049 infections that day.

China’s horror stories have prompted India to step up its anti-Covid measures and checks, including the central government’s announcement on Saturday that RT-PCR tests will be made mandatory for international travelers from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong. and Thailand. The development came a day after Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a meeting with state ministers on the Covid situation.

“RT-PCR test will be made mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. On arrival, if any passenger from these countries is symptomatic or tests positive for Covid19, they will be quarantined,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told news agency ANI. .

Meanwhile, the Center on Saturday asked the states and Union Territories to ensure availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen, adequate inventory of cylinders and functional life support equipment such as ventilators in hospitals, if required in the future to meet Covid-related needs. avoid the oxygen crisis that the country suffered during the second wave of Covid-19.

The health ministry asked states and UTs to ensure that Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen generating plants are kept fully functional and regular drills are conducted, PTI reported.

In a letter to all states and UTs, Additional Secretary, Health Ministry Manohar Agnani said that the functioning and maintenance of such medical infrastructure is very important to deal with any eventuality, even though the number of cases in the country is currently low.

“Availability of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) should be ensured in health facilities and uninterrupted supply chain for its replenishment. Adequate inventory of oxygen cylinders is maintained along with backup stocks and a robust replenishment system,” the letter said, the report quoting lines from the letter.

On the other hand, several states have also, one by one, increased their Covid screening and countermeasures in view of the upcoming winter festive season (Christmas and New Years). Several states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh etc. have expanded their battle plans to deal with a wave of infections if needed in the near future.

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