Bodies arrive at a mass cremation site in New Delhi on April 23. A second wave of Covid-19 has been devastating India. (Atul Loke/The New York Times/Redux)
In the fight against the coronavirus, some countries are faring better than others.
In the United States, for example, cases have been dropping as more and more people get vaccinated. President Joe Biden has set a goal to have at least 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by the July Fourth holiday.
But in India, a second wave of Covid-19 has been devastating, killing thousands of people a day and setting world records for daily infections. Medical facilities have started to run out of oxygen, ventilators and beds, and workers have been stretched thin.
“After successfully tackling the first wave, the nation’s morale was high, it was confident,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his monthly radio program. “But this storm has shaken the nation.”
Here’s how various countries around the world are holding up in their fight against Covid-19:
India India is in the middle of a coronavirus catastrophe while facing a second wave of cases. The South Asian country is experiencing the world’s worst outbreak, with new cases surging past 400,000 per day.
Experts and patients say India’s worst-hit cities feel like war zones. Hospitals have run out of basic medical supplies, with many patients dying due to oxygen shortages. Family members are driving from clinic to clinic, frantically searching for open intensive-care beds. Patients share beds or lie on the hospital floor.
Communities and volunteers have set up makeshift clinics, and makeshift crematoriums have been needed to handle the amount of bodies.
The government has been scrambling to respond to the crisis, with countries around the world offering aid.
A Covid-19 patient receives oxygen in a parked car while waiting for a hospital bed to become available in New Delhi on April 25. (Atul Loke/The New York Times/Redux) Urns containing ashes of people — including those who died from Covid-19 — await immersion at a crematorium in New Delhi on May 6. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters) United States President Joe Biden has circled the July Fourth holiday in the nation’s fight against Covid-19.
He announced a goal last week to have at least 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by that day, and he wants to see 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot by then.
“We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated,” Biden said.
As of Thursday morning, almost 59% of American adults had at least one shot and more than 117 million adult Americans — nearly 46% of that population — were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cases per day are falling. On Monday, for the first time since September, the 7-day average dropped below 40,000 new cases per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Unfortunately, vaccination rates have fallen as well. Vaccine hesitancy has been a challenge in some states. In Wyoming, for example, more than a quarter of adults said that they will “definitely not” or “probably not” receive the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a survey from the US Census Bureau. In four additional states — Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky and Ohio — more than 20% of adults said the same.
Yoshia Uomoto, 98, reacts as her son Mark Uomoto and niece Gail Yamada surprise her at her assisted-living facility in Seattle on March 30. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, it was their first in-person visit in a year. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters) Family members look on as Jack Frilingos, 12, receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Decatur, Georgia, on May 11. It was a day after the US Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for the 12-15 age group. (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters) Argentina Argentina seemed to have been spared the worst of the pandemic last year.
But a second wave of the virus this spring has seen cases rise dramatically, provoking oxygen shortages that pushed hospitals across the country to the brink of collapse. More than 3.2 million cases have been diagnosed in Argentina so far, and more than 69,000 people there have died from Covid-19.
President Alberto Fernández extended lockdown measures until May 21. Social gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. The government has also agreed to postpone primary and midterm elections originally scheduled for the fall.
Medical personnel work in the intensive-care unit of the Florencio Varela Clinic in Buenos Aires on April 28. (Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Religious iconography sits above oxygen tanks in an intensive-care unit at a Buenos Aires hospital on April 29. (Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) United Kingdom The United Kingdom started 2021 as one of the world’s worst-affected countries. Fast forward four months, and it seems as though the combination of a strict lockdown and a swift vaccination rollout has worked to bring infection levels down.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has been dropping fast. England, Scotland and Northern Ireland reported no new coronavirus deaths on May 9 — the first time that had happened in more than 14 months.
As of early May, more than two-thirds of all adults in the United Kingdom have received at least one dose of a vaccine. More than a third have been fully vaccinated.
The drop in new infections has allowed authorities to push ahead with their plans to reopen the economy, although international travel remains severely restricted.
Indoor dining and entertainment return in mid-May, although with restrictions on capacity. And soon, people will be officially allowed to hug others from outside of their household.
Fans watch the band Blossom perform at a concert in Liverpool, England, on May 2. Attendees needed to test negative for Covid-19 before being allowed in. It was a trial event to provide data on how other venues might be able to reopen. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images) A waitress serves guests in protective domes outside the Black Dog Restaurant and Bar in Chester, England, on April 12. Coronavirus restrictions were eased across England in step two of the government’s road map out of lockdown. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images) South Africa South Africa has remained the epicenter of the pandemic in Africa, and disruptions in the country’s vaccination program have not aided the situation.
More than 1.6 million South Africans have been infected with Covid-19, while fewer than 500,000 people have so far been fully vaccinated. Confirmed Covid-19 deaths have also surged to more than 55,000.
In February, South African health authorities suspended the rollout of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shot after a study found that it offered limited protection against mild and moderate disease caused by a virus variant first detected in the country.
Last month, South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also announced a temporary suspension of the country’s rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following global reports linking the shot to a rare and severe form of blood clots.
Although the country has since resumed the use of the Johnson & Johnson shot — in a large-scale trial for health workers — the country is yet to begin its full vaccine rollout. That is set to begin on May 17.
A health worker screens visitors for Covid-19 symptoms at the a hospital in Tembisa, South Africa, on March 1. (Guillem Sartorio/AFP/Getty Images) Ballet dancers rehearse at the Joburg Theater in Johannesburg on April 1. The Joburg Ballet returned to the stage later that month, just over a year after its season was cut short because of a national lockdown. (Kim Ludbrook/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Turkey On May 17, Turkey will come out of its longest lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic.
Its leadership has been very clear — its aim is to bring daily Covid-19 cases below 5,000 before the start of the summer tourist season.
Turkey reported a record number of new infections in mid-April, with more than 60,000 cases per day. Since then, increasingly strict measures since the start of t
Cases have been dropping in the US as a second wave devastates India. Here’s how various countries are holding up in their fight against coronavirus.
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