India’s daily death toll Covid-19 breaks new record when hospitals beg for oxygen

India’s coronavirus infections increased by 346,786 overnight, the health ministry said on Saturday, setting a new world record for the third day in a row, when overwhelmed hospitals in the densely populated country asked for oxygen.

India is on the verge of a fierce second wave of pandemics, hitting a Covid-19 death rate of just under every four minutes in Delhi as the capital’s underfunded health system tightens.

The government has used military aircraft and trains to get oxygen from the outermost corners of the country to Delhi. Television showed an oxygen truck arriving at Delhi’s Batra Hospital after issuing an SOS that said it had 90 minutes of oxygen left for its 260 patients.

“Please help us get oxygen, it will be a tragedy here,” Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a conference on Friday.

Discussed the situation COVID-19 with the prime ministers of the states who see an increased infection. We discussed the steps being taken to strengthen the fight against the pandemic. https://t.co/vE3UAHXmMr

– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 23, 2021

The crisis is also being felt in other parts of the country, with several hospitals publishing announcements that they do not have medical oxygen. Local media reported new cases of people dying in the cities of Jaipur and Amritsar due to fuel.

India surpassed the US record of 297,430 infections in one day anywhere in the world on Thursday, making it the global epicenter of a declining pandemic in many other countries. The Indian government itself had stated that it had repulsed the coronavirus in February when new cases fell to low times.

However, the death toll in Covid-19 across India increased by 2,624 in the last 24 hours, which is the highest daily rate for the country to date. Crematoria across Delhi said they were ready and asked grieving families to wait.

The country of about 1.3 billion has now registered a total of 16.6 million cases, including 189,544 deaths.

Health experts said India became complacent in the winter, when new cases were around 10,000 a day and appeared to be under control, lifting restrictions that allowed resumption of large gatherings.

Others said it could also be a more dangerous variant of the virus that flows through the world’s second most populous country where people live nearby, often six to one room.

“While self-satisfaction with masks and physical distancing may have played a role, it seems increasingly likely that this second wave has been driven by a much more virulent tribe,” wrote Vikram Patel, a professor of global health at Harvard Medical School. and Indian Express.

WHO emergency director Mike Ryan said reducing transmission in India would be a “very difficult task” but the government was working to limit the mix of people, which he said was significant.

(REUTERS)

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