Indian hospitals hold mock drills for coronavirus outbreak preparedness

New Delhi, Apr 10 (EFE).- India Monday logged more than 5,000 daily coronavirus infections for the first time in six months, prompting health facilities across the country to hold mock drills for a possible new Covid-19 wave.

The federal health ministry said 5,880 people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours. The disease also claimed some 14 lives.

The last time India reported more than 5,000 daily cases was on Sep.22 last year.

Amid rising Covid-19 cases, a nationwide mock drill to check healthcare preparedness for a possible new wave began on Monday and will continue a day later.

“In our case, the mock drills are mainly centered around oxygen supply,” Kush Sharma, a doctor at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital in the Indian capital, told EFE.

Hospitals in other states also tested their health systems by simulating the arrival of coronavirus patients in ambulances and other possible scenarios that the country witnessed during earlier Covid-19.

The number of daily infections is far fewer than those registered during the second Covid-19 wave in 2021, when more than 400,000 infections and 4,000 deaths were recorded daily.

India was one of the worst-affected countries during the pandemic, accounting for more than 44 million cases since the crisis began.

The virus has claimed more than 530,000 deaths even as the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that the toll in the country of 1.4 billion people could be 4.7 million. EFE


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