The Indian variant raises concerns and many unknowns in Europe.
(Face Of Nigeria Blog News)– The country of 1.3 billion inhabitants, with an antiquated health system, recorded a new contamination record in 24 hours, with 330,000 cases and 2,000 deaths.
Nearly 3.5 million infections have been identified in India since the beginning of April, in particular attributed to a “double mutation” of the virus and to mass events, such as the Hindu religious festival Khumb Mela which brought together millions of pilgrims.
If the outbreak recorded this week in Asia is mainly linked to the situation in India, Nepal has also experienced a meteoric increase in the epidemic (+ 242%), with 1,400 new cases daily.
The form of Covid-19, the first case of which in Switzerland was discovered on Saturday, worries the authorities of several countries which are taking measures to limit its spread.
The first case of the Indian variant of Covid-19 was discovered in Switzerland, the OFSP announced on Twitter on Saturday.
This is a passenger who was in transit at the airport. The addition of India to the list of countries at risk is under consultation.
The Indian variant is causing concern: in Europe, it has already been detected, particularly in Great Britain and Belgium.
In this country, 21 Indian students who arrived in mid-April via the Parisian airport of Roissy have tested positive for this variant and placed in quarantine.
According to several experts, they would have been victims of a “super contaminator”, perhaps within their group, during the bus trip that brought them from the Paris region to Belgium.
Canada decided Thursday to suspend flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days, due to an increase in Covid-19 cases among passengers arriving from these two countries. Freight theft is not affected.
The United Kingdom has already restricted flights from this country to its residents on Monday, after the confirmation of 103 cases of the Indian variant on its territory.
France on Wednesday added India to the list of countries whose travelers are subject to a mandatory quarantine.
India sank into a major health crisis on Friday, with its overwhelmed hospitals calling for help in the face of an explosion in the Covid-19 epidemic.
In New Delhi, confined until Monday, hospitals lacking oxygen are launching daily appeals to the Indian government to provide emergency supplies to feed hundreds of patients on ventilators.
“Twenty-five patients have died in the past 24 hours. Only two hours of oxygen left (…) A major crisis is likely.
The lives of 60 other patients are in danger, urgent intervention is needed, ”warned the medical director of Sir Gangaram Hospital in New Delhi.
After 22 patients died in a hospital due to an oxygen supply cutoff, thirteen others died on Friday in a hospital fire in the suburbs of Bombay, the economic capital of India.