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India’s COVID Cases Are Completely Out Of Control, Hospitals Are Collapsing And There’s No Oxygen

India’s public health system is collapsing as the country experiences a second wave of COVID-19 – the worst surge in the world since the pandemic began.

For the fifth day in a row on Monday Apr. 26, India reported a record global high in daily coronavirus cases at 352,991 cases, right after reporting one million cases in just three days.

Hospitals in Delhi and other cities have run out of beds and oxygen supplies and are turning away patients, who are dying in line, sometimes on the roadside, waiting to be seen. Others are turning to the black market to get medicine or care, the BBC reported.

A public notice hangs outside Shanti Mukund Hospital notifying shortage of oxygen beds in New Delhi, India. Hospitals in several cities are facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen as Covid-19 cases rise rapidly.
A public notice hangs outside Shanti Mukund Hospital notifying shortage of oxygen beds in New Delhi, India. Hospitals in several cities are facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen as Covid-19 cases rise rapidly. With hospitals in several states running short of medical oxygen, the government has now banned supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, except in nine specified industries. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

At least one person is dying every four minutes in New Delhi, according to Sky News.

Crematoriums and graveyards are completely overwhelmed. Images showed people having to perform last rites next to burning funeral pyres or forgo rituals entirely so the crematoriums can keep up with the bodies.

Relatives of a person who died of Covid-19 perform the last rites during cremation at Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium in New Delhi, India.
Relatives of a person who died of Covid-19 perform the last rites during cremation at Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Authorities in Delhi are getting requests to start cutting down trees in city parks as kindling for the pyres, and burial grounds are running out of space, AP reported.

The virus is swallowing our city’s people like a monster,” a crematorium official told AP. “We are just burning bodies as they arrive. It is as if we are in the middle of a war.”

Patients who are infected with Covid-19 coronavirus can be seen wearing Oxygen masks as free Oxygen was supplied as a part of public service for the people in need by a Gurdwara or a Sikh Holy place amid the rising concerns over lack of Oxygen in New Delhi, India.
Patients who are infected with Covid-19 coronavirus can be seen wearing Oxygen masks as free Oxygen was supplied as a part of public service for the people in need by a Gurdwara or a Sikh Holy place amid the rising concerns over lack of Oxygen in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Getty Images)

The WHO called the situation “beyond heartbreaking.”

On Tuesday, the country recorded 2,771 deaths and 323,144 new cases, below Monday’s 352,991, but experts say the number is significantly higher.

COVID-19 victims being cremated at Seemapuri crematorium in New Delhi, India.
COVID-19 victims being cremated at Seemapuri crematorium in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

On Sunday, India said it has administered 140 million vaccine doses, but there is still a long way to go before the entire population of 1.3 billion people is vaccinated. Countries including the UK, Germany and the US have pledged urgent medical aid.

In this aerial picture taken on April 26, 2021, burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 coronavirus are seen at a cremation ground in New Delhi.
In this aerial picture taken on April 26, 2021, burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 coronavirus are seen at a cremation ground in New Delhi. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing mounting criticism for his handling of the pandemic, having allowed Hindu festivals and attended huge election rallies that may have accelerated infections. 

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