India has reported a record 200,739 cases of COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the Ministry of Health, as many hospitals that treat coronavirus patients report bed deprivation and severe oxygen supply. .
The death toll stood at 1,038, bringing the total to 173,123, data show Thursday. The country’s total top-up cases reached 14.1 million, behind only the United States, which leads the total number of cases globally with 31.4 million.
Thursday’s gain was the seventh-daily record increase in the past eight days and came as India faced the second-largest wave of infections whose focus was in Mumbai’s home state of Maharashtra. The western state accounts for about a quarter of the total number of cases in the country.
Due to the soaring number of cases, the health infrastructure has caused great stress, with many regions reporting shortages of special care beds (ICUs) and oxygen cylinders in some states.
The patients can be treated in temporary arrangements in the corridors and corridors of hospitals across India.
Hospitals and doctors in Maharashtra as well as other regions including Gujarat and Delhi in the north reported chaos as medical facilities were overcrowded with COVID-19 hospital admissions skyrocketing.
“The situation is terrible. We are a 900-bed hospital, but there are about 60 patients waiting and we have no room for them, ”said Avinash Gawande, an official at the Government College of Health and Hospitals in Nagpur, a center. trade in Maharashtra, said.
In Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is a long line of ambulances where patients are being treated, as the hospital has no space to say they are short of oxygen tanks.
The head of a health agency in Ahmedabad wrote in a letter to the head of the state of Gujarat: “If such a situation persists, the death toll will increase.
The government of India says the country is producing oxygen at full capacity every day for the past two days and it has increased production.
“Along with the increased production of oxygen-producing units and the excess available reserves, the current amount of available oxygen is sufficient,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
In the capital Delhi too, daily COVID-19 infections are hitting new records, with doctors warning the increase could be even more dangerous than in 2020.
“This virus is more contagious and more harmful…. Dhiren Gupta, a pediatrician at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, said we have 35-year-olds with pneumonia in intensive care, which didn’t happen last year. “The situation is chaotic.”
According to statistics, Delhi has recorded 17,282 cases in the past 24 hours – the highest number in a day so far – as the city is short of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, only about 171 cases have ventilators. at the end of Wednesdays.
With the many deaths reported in the city, it has placed a heavy burden on the crematoriums and burial sites in the city.
NDTV news channel reported that a continuous stream of horse-drawn carriages could be seen reaching Nigambodh Ghat, one of the city’s main crematoriums, where the wait time to be cremated at the crematorium was 5-6 hours.
Local TV channels show angry relatives of a patient dying after hours lying on stretchers outside COVID-19 hospital in the Jharkhand state capital Ranchi, where all the beds are occupied. .
The same scene can be seen in the neighboring Bihar capital Patna.
In Mumbai, two giant patient complexes are being established as the Maharashtra government initiated a series of measures to limit movement, assembly and commercial facilities over two weeks.
Starting Wednesday night, all stores, malls and e-commerce delivery services except for essential items such as food, groceries, and medicine have been suspended until day 1 may.
All production units except those that are export-oriented and those that manufacture essential goods will also be closed. Bars and restaurants were closed and gatherings of more than five people were banned statewide.
India has seen a downward trend in infections starting in late 2020 but numbers start to rise again in mid-February.
Recent regional elections and festivals including the month-long Kumbh Mela mammoth festival are believed to accelerate infection rates even further.
India’s vaccine campaign began in January with the aim of vaccinating 300 million of the country’s 1.35 billion population in July.
The Ministry of Health said that more than 111 million doses of the vaccine have been injected so far, including 13 million doses of the second vaccine.