Beware of India’s experience with Covid-19

Learn from India’s experience in dealing with Covid-19

REPUBLIC.CO.ID, By: Prof. Tjandra Yoga Aditama, Postgraduate Director of YARSI University, Former WHO Director for Southeast Asia

This morning I have Chat with friends in New Delhi on the state of Covid-19 there. As our cases increased in June and July 2021, there was also an increase in cases in Indonesia about two months earlier India with all the trouble As we know, India has seen very high levels of Covid-19 cases, up to around 400,000 per day across the country and around 15,000 per day in New Delhi alone. This number then dropped very sharply and cases ran rampant for several months, around 7,000 a day in India, at one point even less than 100 people a day in New Delhi.

This means that India was high once, then fell quickly, and then was low for several months. This is more or less the same pattern as in our country, where the number of cases once stood at around 50,000 a day, then fell off quickly, and then rose to just a few hundred a day.

Cases have risen sharply in India in recent weeks. On December 21, 2021, the number of cases per day in India was 6,317 people and then increased to around 90,928,000 in one day on January 5, 2022. Specifically for New Delhi, last Tuesday, the local government issued strict social distancing rules including working rules in offices, passenger restrictions, public transport, cinema restrictions, fitness facilities, etc. In fact, New Delhi will be under curfew (“curfew’) from 10:00 p.m. this Friday to 5:00 a.m. Monday. Shops, markets and shopping centers will be closed. My friends in New Delhi called this morning and said they are really feeling the impact of this tightening, especially this weekend, tomorrow and the day after they are almost entirely at home unless there is an urgent need, the entire population of New Delhi more than 20 million people.

On the other hand, my friend, a health worker in New Delhi, said that the number of hospitals has increased even though the cases have increased many fold.bed occupancy) only about doubled until recently. So the health care situation is still under control.

The events in New Delhi and India these days must surely be a wake-up call for all of us in the country, especially recently our cases have been increasing as well.

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