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Meanwhile, hospitals across India are running low on vital life-saving oxygen and hospital beds to treat Covid Countries including Britain, Germany and the United States have pledged to send supplies to the country Overnight, India recorded 2,812.
New infections in last 24-hours rose to 352,991 – another new global record In Delhi alone, between April 19 and 24, 1,777 people died – a rate of one Covid-19 death every five minutes However, health experts say the death toll is likely far higher, with figures believed to be under-reported On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all citizens to get vaccinated and exercise caution Dr. Gautam Singh, who works in one of New Delhi’s emergency wards, resorted to posting on social media to beg for more oxygen when his hospital ran out on Sunday. ‘Please send oxygen to us,’ the 43-year-old said in an impassioned video plea posted to Twitter.
‘My patients are dying.’ He received 20 oxygen cylinders on Monday, only enough to limp the hospital through the day until the ventilators start sending out their warning beeps again. ‘I feel helpless because my patients are surviving hour to hour,’ Singh said in a telephone interview. ‘I will beg again and hope someone sends oxygen that will keep my patients alive for just another day.’ Other vital medical supplies have also seen their prices inflated, according to the BBC. Oxygen concentrators – a device that concentrates oxygen from a gas supply – once cost between $330 – $930, but have risen as high as $2,600 in some cases.
The cost of drug treatments, such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, have also skyrocketed. In addition to oxygen supplies running out, intensive care units are operating at full capacity and nearly all ventilators are in use. As the death toll mounts, the night skies in some Indian cities glow from the funeral pyres, as crematoria are overwhelmed and bodies are burned outside in the open air. India was initially seen as a success story in weathering the pandemic, but the virus is now racing through its massive population of nearly 1.4 billion, and systems are beginning to collapse.
Experts believe India’s true death toll is likely much higher, saying fatalities are being under-reported in the official figure. They also say the second wave will peak in May at up to 500,000 cases a day, meaning around 5,000 people could die every day at the current case fatality ratio of 1.14 percent. And as the country creaks under the chaos of an out-of-control coronavirus pandemic, horrific stories are beginning to emerge. Among them, a mother was seen last week transporting her son’s dead body on a rickshaw because she couldn’t find an ambulance, as reported by Devvesh Pandey, a reporter in Bharat Samachar for BSTV Live.