Why is India sucking on football

The corona situation in India remains dramatic

The corona situation in India is still extremely dramatic. For the past week, the Johns Hopkins Resource Center has peaked with 2.6 million new infections and more than 23,000 deaths. 392,000 new infections were reported for Sunday, 10,000 fewer than the day before. 3,700 people officially died of the virus disease, around 200 more than on Saturday. Experts estimate the number of unreported cases to be much higher.

A health system at the limit

In the capital New Delhi, the health system is still on the verge of collapse. Hospitals and the government of Delhi state made dramatic appeals from the central government to deliver oxygen to corona patients. The media report on dramatic conditions in hospitals and makeshift ambulances as well as on crematoriums that could no longer cope with the massive number of corona deaths. Germany and other countries, including India's arch-rivals Pakistan and China, are helping India with medical supplies.

The writer Arundhati Roy published an emotional appeal for help in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung". The crematoria in Delhi have run out of firewood, she writes, and parks and parking lots are currently being converted into cremation sites. "It's like an invisible UFO hanging in the sky, sucking the air out of our lungs."

The situation in the country is also dramatic. In numerous villages, people are dying of "easily treatable diseases such as diarrhea and tuberculosis," writes Roy: "How are they supposed to cope with Covid?"

The author strongly criticizes the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It had failed and was concerned with "destroying the last vestiges of democracy" and persecuting minorities during the severe crisis. "Under Modi, India's economy was cannibalized and hundreds of millions of people who were already living in precarious conditions were plunged into abject poverty."

The aid organization missio Aachen expressed great concern for helpers in India. President Dirk Bingener said there were many committed volunteers, priests or religious among the victims of the second corona wave. The Church in India helped many people during the corona pandemic. Now write a project partner from the state of Jharkand: "We all live in fear and terror."

Background: A country is suffocating: In India, the corona pandemic is out of control

Drosten: The situation in India was not only caused by the new corona mutation

The Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki asked on the portal domradio.de: "If a poor person in India already lives from hand to mouth - how is he supposed to survive in quarantine?" It is "once again the poor who are particularly suffering from the pandemic.

After the number of new infections fell below 10,000 per day at the beginning of the year, India had almost completely lifted the corona restrictions. The number of cases has been rising sharply since March, which experts also attribute to a new virus mutation and religious mass events. In April about 30 million Hindus came to the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar to take a ritual bath in the Ganges. The "Feast of the Jug" is the most important religious festival of the Hindus.

According to the Indian government, 19.5 million corona cases have been reported since the pandemic began, of which 15.7 million are considered recovered. 215,500 Indians have died of the virus disease. 153.6 million of the 1.3 billion Indians received the first vaccination dose. 27.2 million Indians are fully vaccinated, which is 2 percent of the total population.