COVID-19

You will be aware from international news that the situation in India during the COVID-19 pandemic was frightening. Without proper testing facilities, and a health infrastructure that struggled to meet demands, suspected cases increased daily. This was particularly difficult for the poorer sections of society such as the daily wage earners who were unprepared for the loss of income and live from day to day.

It is among just these sort of populations that the Delhi Brotherhood carry out their work, including the educational projects that the Wye and Brook India Trust support. The schools were hit badly, with children being orphaned or sent away from the city. The schools managed to continue to some extent online, but staff were also hit badly.

However, in 2022, they are recovering with numbers increasing again as children return to the city and life becomes a bit more normal.

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Further information about COVID in India was published in today’s Editorial of the Lancet medical journal (07 May 2021). We quote below a small section:

“The scenes of suffering in India are hard to comprehend. As of May 4, more than 20·2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported, with a rolling average of 378 000 cases a day, together with more than 222 000 deaths, which experts believe are likely to be substantial underestimates. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and health workers are exhausted and becoming infected. Social media is full of desperate people (doctors and the public) seeking medical oxygen, hospital beds, and other necessities. Yet before the second wave of cases of COVID-19 began to mount in early March, Indian Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan declared that India was in the “endgame” of the epidemic. The impression from the government was that India had beaten COVID-19 after several months of low case counts, despite repeated warnings of the dangers of a second wave and the emergence of new strains. Modelling suggested falsely that India had reached herd immunity, encouraging complacency and insufficient preparation, but a serosurvey by the Indian Council of Medical Research in January suggested that only 21% of the population had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2… The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see a staggering 1 million deaths from COVID-19 by Aug 1.”

Editorial (2021). India’s COVID-19 emergency. The Lancet 397(10286): 1683 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01052-7

You can read more by searching for the DOI above or searching for the following web address in your browser:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01052-7/fulltext


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