The World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Monday that the pandemic affecting South Asia has entered a "critical" phase, growing exponentially, despite intensifying the return of restrictive measures and the vaccination day.
India (1.300 billion people) saw a rapid increase in infections in recent weeks, bringing the number of cases to 13,5 million, up from 13,48 million in Brazil.
In this sense, the professor of health at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Rajib Dasgupta said that "the whole country has been complacent: we have allowed social, religious and political congregations", emphasizing that "no one was queuing" for social distancing.
In Bangladesh, the situation is also worrying. As of Wednesday and for eight days, all offices and international and domestic transport will close, after covid-19 infections multiplied by seven in a month.
The Deputy Minister of Public Administration, Farhad Hossain said that "there is no other alternative to stop the wave of covid-19". Bangladesh, with 160, has registered 685.000 infections and almost 10.000 deaths.
In France, immersed in the third wave, vaccination will be extended on Monday to all people 55 years of age or older.
A note published by the AFP agency makes it clear that in Saudi Arabia, only people vaccinated against covid-19 will be able to make umrah, the small pilgrimage to Mecca, from the beginning of Ramadan.
However, when millions of Muslim faithful begin the holy fast of Ramadan this week, one of the five pillars of Islam. In this period meetings are usually held and the faithful flock to the mosques, but this year the authorities have imposed restrictions and have asked them to pray at home.