Troops deployed in Indian state as coronavirus cases surge
Hundreds of paramilitary forces have been deployed in coronavirus-hotspot Gujarat state as India on Friday faced a surge in the number of deaths and infections from the outbreak.
Official data show the deadly disease is taking a growing toll in the country of 1.3 billion people even as it begins to emerge from the world's largest lockdown.
India had 56,000 cases including 1,886 fatalities as of Friday, official figures showed. But experts fear limited testing and incomplete record keeping are masking the true scale of the health crisis.
The number of deaths has doubled to about 100 a day in the past two weeks, while the rate of infections is doubling about every 10 days, official data show. A week ago it was every 12 days.
But Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told AFP there was no uncontrolled "community transmission".
"India has surprised the world by handling the COVID-19 crisis in a more mature way than some of the most developed countries," Vardhan said.
"Given all the constraints, India has worked with speed, scale, determination and decisiveness."
While the known number of deaths is low compared with the United States and the worst-hit June European nations, health specialists say India's pandemic curve may only peak in or July.
The western state of Gujarat has become one of the most severe hotspots with about 6,500 cases.
Hundreds of paramilitaries began patrolling Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara cities on Friday to keep people off the streets in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.
Ahmedabad, with a population of more than 5.5 million people and 70 percent of the state's virus cases, has become one of India's hardest-hit cities along with Mumbai and New Delhi.
Many streets have been barricaded and most food stores are shuttered.
"Since many vegetable vendors and store owners have tested positive in the last few days, all shops, except milk stores and pharmacies, were ordered closed for at least one week," said Ahmedabad municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar.
In preparation for a surge in the number of severe cases across India, more than 5,150 railway carriages have been parked at 215 stations in major cities to be used as coronavirus isolation wards. The first patients could begin to board next week.
The nationwide lockdown began March 25 and is due to end May 17.
Despite the growing toll, the Hindu nationalist go nment faces mounting pressure to further ease restrictions that have left millions of poor without jobs and decimated revenues for industry.
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Trump was in Ahmedabad on February 25. Trump and Modi did Rally over 70000 Gujarati. That is reason Amhemdabad high Number of corona case.
AFP is excelling in berating Government of India. Each time mentioning it as Hindu Nationalist Government. Do you write Christian Nationalist Government for UK , Germany or Italy?
Interesting, no Associated Press reporting calls any US state go nment as “Christian Nationalist Government” or “Right Wing Administration” but somehow it’s mentioned without fail when reporting on India...
The name of the most deadly corona virus from Gujarat is Modi.
I thought my phone has been unusually silent these days.
INDIA is winning the war on Corona virus in a strange way. Lockdown is SAVING lives by the thousands that would otherwise have been lost to accidents
Modi is used to say that Gujarat was the perfect state success story, and it was not because of his policies, because of 100 years of previous go nment policies and industries like Milk industry and Tata's, have grown Gujarat to that level.
modi won't be hugging jaffi any more, no more long constant hand shakes, he will have to stay 6 feet away, how is he going to make foreign presidents, prime ministers happy.....
I thought that was a stagecoach with sirens
Indians - have you tried Hydocholoroquine? If not, try injecting yourselves with dis-infectants. King Trump swears by these cures and his followers agree. That's why Banana Republic of America only has 15 cases soon to be at zero.
Gandhi was born in Gujarat.
the BEST any country with limited resource can do.. way to go India..
Symptom Of The Universe
1,900 dead out of 1.3 billion is nothing
IF THERE IS A CROOK MODI EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN INDIA ("FEKUCHAND" MODI HAI TU SUB MUMKIN HAI).
Terrorist Modi is obviously duking the stats which are thought to be at least 100,000 dead already. How does it feel to be lied to by your own PM India?
India seems to be nearly immune as I would expect 100 million deaths in a country like that.
If Mother India survived the British it can survive this too.
Gov Whitmer of Michigan is taking notes!
HINDU NATIONALIST GOVERNMENT???????? LOOKS LIKE NEWSMAN NEED MORE EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE FOR WRITING ARTICLES....
印度教民族主义政府? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?看来记者写文章之前要多读点书…
Apply some cows poo
"Indian State"? You mean Oklahoma???
“Indian State”?是指俄克拉荷马州吗? ? ?
Well, Indians are lazy and late starters. Spike is happening there very consistent basis. UK and Brazil has so low numbers about a month ago, like few hundreds death. Now UK is about 30,000 deaths and Brazil is 10,000.
Indians have only one solution for everything. They think they can sing and dance their way out of anything hahaha
India will soon disintegrate into several small states,