Fear of testing and a vaccine is hampering efforts to combat the emerging epidemic of Corona in rural India, while several Asian countries are battling the new surge of the virus.
Today, Saturday, the Indian Ministry of Health announced the registration of 3,380 new deaths from the Corona virus during the past 24 hours.
The ministry said in a statement that the country recorded more than 120,000 new infections in the past 24 hours, the lowest number of daily injuries in 58 days.
Thus, the total number of injuries in the country exceeded 28 million and 690 thousand, and the deaths of 344 thousand and 82 people, according to the ministry’s statement.
In parallel with the decline in the number of HIV infections in cities, the epidemic is sweeping the vast remote rural areas that suffer from poverty and are dominated by ignorance and fear.
Only 15% of the population of rural areas received a single dose of the vaccine, compared to 30% in towns and cities, knowing that two-thirds of the infections were recorded in the countryside, according to an analysis of the daily newspaper “The Hindu”.
“When we knock on the doors of houses in Indian villages, family members often rush to leave through the back doors for fear of being vaccinated against Corona,” health worker Neelam Kumari told AFP.
This fear prevails despite the scenes of corpses dumped in rivers and hundreds of graves, which indicates the continued spread of the pandemic in remote areas of India, where 70% of the population of 1.3 billion people reside.
Indian mutant hits Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, health authorities revealed that 80% of new coronavirus infections are caused by the Indian mutant, according to a study conducted by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (governmental) “IEDC”.
Since May 16, researchers have collected 50 samples from all over the country for analysis, including the border areas with India and the capital, Dhaka.
The research found that out of 50 people infected with corona, 40 were infected with the Indian mutant, including 14 who did not visit India or mix with travelers from abroad.
On April 26, Bangladesh announced the closure of its land border with India until June 14.
Bangladesh also extended its nationwide closure until June 6, while the local administration plans to impose a complete closure on 7 border regions.
As of Friday, Bangladesh recorded 807,867 cases of infection, and 12,758 deaths in Corona, according to the Ministry of Health.
In a related context, the health authorities in Thailand announced today, Saturday, the registration of 2,817 new infections with the Corona virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the number of infected people in the country to 174,796 people.
And the health authorities indicated – according to the Thai newspaper (Bangkok Post) – that 36 new deaths were recorded as a result of infection with the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1213 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic.
And in South Korea, the Government Agency for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that 744 new cases of Corona virus were recorded during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 143,596 cases.
According to the South Korean news agency “Yonhap”, the number of daily infections increased by 49 cases, compared to 695 injuries recorded the previous day, to exceed 700 injuries for the first time since June 26 last year, noting that two new deaths were recorded due to infection with the coronavirus, bringing the Total deaths to 1971 cases.
The authorities expect to vaccinate more than 13 million people, or a quarter of the country’s total population, by the end of this June, taking into account the smooth supply of vaccines, including the arrival of one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine today from the United States.
Japan donates the vaccine
In turn, the Japanese government is preparing to provide vaccines against the Corona virus to Vietnam, which is seeking to purchase sufficient doses of vaccines for its citizens, amid the high number of HIV infections, a lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced today, Saturday.
“The government has started to make arrangements with Vietnam,” Senate legislator Masahisa Sato, who heads the ruling party’s foreign affairs department, said in a statement carried by the Japanese Kyodo News Agency.
It is expected that Japan will donate doses of the vaccine developed by the British company “AstraZeneca”. On Friday, Japan sent about 1.24 million doses of this vaccine to Taiwan.