A look at Covid surge in India’s neighbouring countries


As India’s report outbreak of Covid-19 circumstances spreads throughout South Asia, plenty of its neighbours are additionally in the firing line, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has mentioned.

According to the Union Health Ministry information up to date on Thursday, India hit a report day by day excessive with 4,12,262 new Covid-19 circumstances and three,980 fatalities being reported, taking the full tally of COVID-19 circumstances to 2,10,77,410 and the demise toll to 2,30,168.

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“We need to act now and we need to act fast to have any hope of containing this human catastrophe. This virus has no respect for borders and these variants are running rampant across Asia,” Reuters quoted Alexander Matheou, Asia Pacific director for the Geneva-based company representing the worldwide humanitarian community, as saying.

With the well being infrastructure being overburdened blow as a result of upward swing in circumstances, hospital intensive care models in Pakistan and Bangladesh at the moment are full or near capability, it mentioned.

Here’s an account on how a lot affected such neighbouring countries of India are at current, and what’s the state of vaccination there

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A COVID-19 affected person receives oxygen on the hall of the emergency ward of a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)


Overwhelmed by a Covid surge, Nepal is at current recording 57 occasions the variety of circumstances it was recording a month in the past with 44 per cent of assessments now coming constructive, an announcement by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies mentioned. The Nepalese cities bordering India are struggling to deal with the rising variety of people who find themselves in dire want of remedy, whereas solely  one per cent  of the nation’s inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated.

The nation on Thursday reported 8,970 coronavirus circumstances in 24 hours, taking the full tally of infections to 368,580, the well being ministry mentioned. As many as 54 recent Covid deaths have been additionally reported. “The new cases of coronavirus in the country has touched 368,580 with 8,970 fresh infections. The nation also reported 54 new deaths in the last 24 hours,” the Ministry of Health and Population mentioned in an announcement. Local authorities have re-imposed lockdown in most elements together with Kathmandu valley by one other week from Thursday until May 12.

“What is happening in India right now is a horrifying preview of Nepal’s future if we cannot contain this latest COVID surge that is claiming more lives by the minute,” Reuters quoted Netra Prasad Timsina, chair of the Nepal Red Cross, as saying. “It is beyond distressing to see that people cannot say goodbye to their loved ones as cremations are taking place at record levels due to these new COVID variants, which are striking down people of all ages in Nepal.”

A week in the past, the nation suspended worldwide flights in the past till May 14. As of now, there are solely two return flights every week to India meant to deliver again stranded nationals. Most border crossings are additionally closed.  .


With Pakistan witnessing a big spike in Covid circumstances at current, administrations of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have introduced an entire lockdown in their respective areas from May 8 to fifteen to include the unfold of coronavirus through the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays in Pakistan, PTI mentioned on Thursday. “The public transport, tourist destinations, parks, business and shopping malls and markets will remain closed during the eight-day lockdown,” PTI quoted Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid as saying.

A employee disinfects a mosque forward of Friday prayer in an effort to include the outbreak of the coronavirus through the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Planning Minister Asad Umar, who heads the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), had not too long ago mentioned that stricter precautionary measures together with an expanded vaccination drive have had a constructive impact on the Covid scenario in Pakistan, which is claimed be battling its third wave of infections since March.

According to NCOC, the variety of energetic circumstances, which had surpassed the determine of 90,000 final week, was 84,480 as of May 5. In different phrases, the variety of energetic circumstances has fallen by seven per cent in lower than a fortnight. The present positivity charge in the nation is 9 per cent.


With circumstances rising, Bangladesh has prolonged ongoing nationwide lockdown until May 16 to curb unfold of the virus through the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. It had clamped a week-long nationwide lockdown on April 5, suspending public transport and shutting down markets. The restrictions have been later prolonged until April 28, then until May 5.

During the lockdown, inter-district bus, prepare and ferry companies would stay suspended however public transports can be allowed to function inside cities after May 5 (Thursday) sustaining well being protocols.

Paramedics and volunteers carry an aged COVID-19 affected person after he arrived at a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

On Tuesday, Bangladesh registered 1,914 new Covid-19 circumstances, taking the tally to 765,596 whereas it reported 61 extra deaths which took the toll to 11,705.

The nation halted all worldwide flights on April 14 owing to its personal surge and in addition closed its border with India on April 26.

Meanwhile, the registration for COVID-19 vaccine doses have been halted on Wednesday as a result of vaccine scarcity in the nation, amid a delay in the arrival of shipments from India. So far, 5,819,719 folks have acquired the primary dose of the vaccine whereas 3,023,169 acquired the second dose, reported PTI.

As per official figures, the nation lacks over 14 lakh second doses of the vaccine that are wanted for administer to the recipients of the primary jab. The authorities had suspended administering the primary Covid vaccine dose on April 26.

Bangladesh is now anticipating the arrival of 0.5 million doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines by May 10. Pharmaceutical firm Renata Bangladesh Limited has additionally sought authorities permission to deliver US Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to the nation.

Sri Lankan well being staff gather a swab pattern at a random screening level by the facet of a street to get examined for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka on Thursday banned all arrivals from India with instant impact as a result of report rise in COVID-19 circumstances in its neighbouring nation. The nation, which is presently experiencing a spike in COVID-19 circumstances, has recorded practically 2,000 new circumstances in every of the final 5 days. This is a ten occasions leap in day by day circumstances since mid-April when it used to report a median 200 circumstances per day.

Described because the New Year cluster coming from the normal New Year festivities mid April, the present wave of infections comprise the quick spreading UK variant, the well being authorities mentioned. Sri Lanka had served as a transit hub for Indians visiting different locations like West Asia and Singapore earlier than which they wanted to be quarantined for 14 days. This was an association by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Thursday began administering Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine after it acquired the primary batch of 15,000 doses, an well being official mentioned. The nation acquired the Russian consignment of 15,000 doses early this week out of an order for 13 million of Sputnik jabs. The nation has already immunised 9,25,000 of the 21 million inhabitants with Oxford AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured in India.

(With inputs from PTI, Reuters)


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