The number of coronavirus cases in India reached 100,000 on Tuesday, commensurate with the number of intensive care beds, and the rate of increase of new infections showed little sign of slowing down.
India reported 4,970 new cases in the past 24 hours, with a total of 101,139 cases. The death toll increased by 134 to 3,163.
The number of cases in India has easily surpassed that in China. The virus appeared in China at the end of last year, and the virus has become one of the hot spots for infection in Asia.
China has reported nearly 83,000 cases, but in the past week, the average daily growth of new infections has remained in single digits.
In contrast, according to Reuters statistics based on official data, new cases in India have increased on average more than 4,000 times per day in the past week, despite the severe blockade that lasted for weeks.
India officially extended the blackout period to May 31 on Sunday, although some states have indicated that it will allow businesses to reopen.
Health experts and officials are concerned about the pressure this epidemic is putting on India ’s over-expanded and under-funded hospital system.
Dhruva Chaudhry, chairman of the Indian Society of Intensive Care Medicine, told Reuters last month that India may have only about 100,000 intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 40,000 ventilators.
Chowdhury warned that in a country with a population of 1.35 billion, there is not enough infrastructure or personnel to cope with the sharp increase in critically ill patients.
Although not every patient with coronavirus needs an ICU bed, health experts are concerned about the surge in cases in India, especially because many people believe that official statistics are inconsistent with reality.
Although the authorities reported that about 37,000 people had been cured, India did not provide detailed medical records of people diagnosed with the virus-caused disease COVID-19.
The mortality rate in India is 3%, lower than in some other major countries, while the United States is about 6%, 89,000 deaths in the United States, and 14% in the United Kingdom.