|Many experts suspect the true Covid-19 death toll in India is more than one million (File photo by=AFP/Prakash SINGH)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] NEW DELHI: A few weeks ago, New Delhi's crematoriums were operating around the clock dealing with COVID-19 victims. Now the Indian capital's shopping malls and markets are buzzing again, AFP reported.
However, doctors are worried that India is letting its guard down again, just like in January and February before a devastating coronavirus surge that led to a near-collapse of the healthcare system. Mall staff performed perfunctory temperature checks and reminded people to sanitize their hands. Not far away, shoppers thronged the open-air warren of shops and stalls at Lajpat Nagar market, bargaining for scarves, bangles, and cheap cosmetics.
Sandeep Budhiraja, medical director at Max Healthcare in the capital, said he was surprised at people's short memories. But while this will likely lead to a sharp rise in cases, for a new "explosion" a new virus variant would have to take hold, he said. A new variant, "Delta-plus", has been identified, which appears more transmissible and more resistant to treatment, he added. Delhi, a megacity of 20 million people, saw horrendous scenes in April and May when coronavirus cases went through the roof, as they did across the country. India's death toll more than doubled to more than 330,000, according to official figures. Many experts suspect the true toll is more than a million.