This past Wednesday, the United States Department of State released a warning that urged any American citizens that are currently abroad in and around India to leave the area as soon as they can. The warning stems from the concerns about the ever worsening COVID-19 pandemic that, in India, has evolved into a major crisis.
“The high-level travel advisory posted Wednesday noted that ‘access to all types of medical care is becoming severely limited in India due to the surge in Covid-19 cases,'” reported The Washington Post. “U.S. citizens who wish to depart India should take advantage of available commercial transportation options now.”
It is suggested by the State Department that all AMericans try to acquire nonstop flights directly home, and only using europe as a stop if absoluetely neccesary.
“Direct flights between India and the United States are offered daily, with additional flight options available to U.S. citizens via transfers in Paris and Frankfurt,” stated the State Department.
They go on to say that Americans, or anyone else, planning on any travel through India should seek to postpone their trips, or cancel them all together.
“The current Level 4 Travel Advisory is the highest level issued by the Department of State and advises U.S. citizens not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so due to the current health situation in country,” the department went on to say, going on to say that it is booking “voluntary departures” for all United States government employees or officials who are currently stationed in India. The agency went on to say that the U.S. Embassy New Delhi and its consulates “remain open and are offering limited consular services.”
Currently, India is exceeding all global records for new daily COVID-19 infections, The Hill stated in its piece on the State Department’s warning. This past Wednesday alone, India reported “62,757 new cases” of COVID-19 infections, “pushing its total case count to over 17.9 million. Nearly 3,300 people died on Wednesday.”
The government of India is having a difficult time managing the crisis at its door. The country’s crematoriums are currently being taxed beyond capacity. This is leaving people to take care of their own dead relatives, and the country isstuggling to qcquire and allocate its medical supplies that it desperately needs to take care of the COVID-19 patients, such as oxygen and antiviral drugs. This drought even expands to the country to having difficulties find usable hospital beds.
According to experts, the COVID-19 crisis in India has not even reached its peak as of yet.