India could face around 13 lakh confirmed corona cases by mid-May
A study by a team of scientists revealed the shocking figures for India
It says if the spread continues at its current pace, India may have 1.3 million covid-19 cases
The estimates reinforce concerns among medical officials and experts in India
According to experts, coronavirus cases might jump sharply in the coming weeks
This will put country's health system under severe strain.
The scientists said projections could change as the country conducts more testing
Acvording to the scientists, "even with the best case scenarios, probably, India is in a very painful crisis"
The study was carried out by the COV-IND-19 Study Group of scholars and scientists
It looks into the threat posed by the coronavirus in India.
India has only around 100,000 ICU beds and 40,000 ventilators
There is not sufficient infrastructure or staff to handle a sharp spike in critical patients.
The health ministry and the ICMR is skipping forecasts as it wants no panic
So far, India has reported around 500 cases of the coronavirus and 9 deaths
Experts believe that these numbers are now beginning to accelerate
Authorities have imposed a lockdown across large parts of the country
According to the estimates, cases could rise to more than 4,000 by the end of March
This study reveals that by April end, India will see 30,000 and 230,000 cases
Although the researchers have not projected the number of fatalities...
...but they believe India could be hit hard with millions of covid-19 cases