India’s daily coronavirus cases climb to new world record as hospitals buckle
Overcrowded hospitals in India pleaded for oxygen supply on Saturday as coronavirus infections surged again overnight in a “tsunami” of illness, setting a new world record for cases for the third day in a row.
Max Healthcare, which operates a network of hospitals in northern India, tweeted that it had fewer than two hours of oxygen remaining, while Fortis Healthcare, another large chain, announced that new admissions in Delhi will be suspended.
“We’re working on backup and have been waiting for supplies since the morning,” Fortis said.
The country is in the grip of a raging second phase of the pandemic, with one COVID-19 death every four minutes in Delhi as the capital’s underfunded health infrastructure crumbles.
The government has sent military planes and trains to transport oxygen to Delhi from all over the world and abroad, including Singapore.
According to the Health Ministry, the amount of patients in the world of about 1.3 billion increased overnight by 346,786, with a total of 16.6 million cases, including 189,544 deaths.
COVID is an abbreviation for the acronym COVID
The number of deaths increased by 2,624 in the last 24 hours, making it the country’s highest regular average so far. Crematoriums in Delhi said they were complete and requested bereaved families to wait.
This week, hospitals in Delhi petitioned the city’s high court to direct the state and federal governments to make immediate arrangements for medical supplies, mostly oxygen.
“It’s a tidal wave. How are we attempting to increase capacity? “In answer to this petition, the Delhi High Court questioned the state and federal governments.
Families were seen on television tended to the ill in hospital halls and streets as they awaited medical treatment.
One guy, Amit, who was crying for his brother at Delhi’s Jaipur Golden hospital, said he saw families rushing about with oxygen cylinders, attempting to get them refilled.
“You can’t leave me hanging,” a lawyer for Jaipur Golden Hospital addressed the high court on Saturday, requesting intervention.
In the midst of people’s desperation, the court ordered the government to guarantee supplies and to make security provisions for medical centres.
“We know how citizens react; let us avoid a law and order crisis,” the court instructed the authorities.
On Thursday, India broke the United States’ global high of 297,430 single-day infections, rendering it the global epicentre of a pandemic that is fading in several other nations.
In February, the federal government announced that the coronavirus had been defeated.
According to health experts, India got complacent during the winter, when new cases were operating at about 10,000 a day and seemed to be under surveillance. Authorities relaxed bans, enabling large crowds to resume.
Others speculated that it might be a more harmful strain of the virus circulating in India. It is the world’s second most populated nation, with people living in tight quarters, often six to a bed.
“While complacency in wearing masks and physical distance might have played a part, it seems increasingly plausible that this second wave was fueled by a far more virulent virus,” Vikram Patel, Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School, wrote in the Indian Express.
According to experts, the only way for India to change the tide is to increase vaccines and enforce stringent lockdowns in so-called red zones with heavy outbreak. It has expanded the immunisation policy to include all adults, but there is a lack of vaccines.
The AstraZeneca (AZN.L) shot and homegrown Covaxin are currently being used in India. It has also accepted Russia’s Sputnik V and has requested vaccinations from Pfizer (PFE.N), Moderna (MRNA.O), and Johnson and Johnson (JNJ.N).