Hospital sends SOS as registered record death

An Indian hospital states that patients are dying from lack of oxygen as Covid’s cases and deaths set new records for the third consecutive day.

Nearly one million infections have been recorded in India over a three-day period, with 346,786 new cases occurring overnight on Saturday.

At the Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi, 20 people died overnight due to lack of oxygen, officials said.

The government says it is deploying trains and the Air Force to transport supplies to the affected areas.

Deaths across India increased from 2,263 on Friday to 2,624 in the 24 hours to Saturday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the situation in India is a “catastrophic reminder” of what the coronavirus can do.

Earlier this year, the Indian government believed it had defeated the virus. New cases had dropped to 11,000 by mid-February, vaccines were exported, and in March the Minister of Health said India was “late” in the pandemic.

However, since then, a new surge has broke out with the emergence of new variants and popular rallies such as the Kumbh Mela Festival, which attracted millions of pilgrims earlier this month.

Diagram of Indian Covid cases

Diagram of Indian Covid cases

“Patient dies”

The Delhi hospital warned that they were at the limit. At the Holy Family Hospital, the intensive care unit is full and there is no room for more beds.

“Almost all hospitals are at stake. When oxygen is depleted, many patients can’t afford it,” Dr. Smit Ray told the BBC.

“Within a few minutes they will die. You can see these patients: they are on ventilator and need a high flow of oxygen. When oxygen stops, their Most die. “

At Jaipur Golden Hospital, doctors told the BBC that the government had allocated 3.6 tonnes of oxygen to be delivered by 17:00 on Friday.

However, the supply (a small part of what was promised) arrived only at midnight, he told the BBC.

Patient wearing an ambulance breathing device in Ahmedabad, India (April 20)

Patient wearing an ambulance breathing device in Ahmedabad, India (April 20)

On Friday, Delhi’s Prime Minister Albind Keziwar sought oxygen supply live, according to Reuters.

“All oxygen plants in the country should be immediately taken over by the government through the military,” he said.

Analysis Box by Soutik Biswas, Indian Online Correspondent

Analysis Box by Soutik Biswas, Indian Online Correspondent

“Can I get oxygen, oxygen, oxygen?” I woke up this morning to a distressed call from a school teacher whose husband was fighting for life in a hospital in Delhi.

I tell myself. Another day in the city where breathing is a luxury for many. We make a call and send an SOS call. I send a text message to a friend of a doctor working in a critical care.

I will receive the newspaper. Twenty-five critically ill patients died in a private hospital. According to the hospital, the oxygen pressure was lowered in the critical care center.

On the cover is a photo of two men and one woman sharing a cylinder. Three strangers are involved in the tragedy caused by government negligence and share a lifeline.

As the days go by, I notice that nothing has changed. The patient is dying due to the lack of oxygen. The drug is still in short supply and is on the black market.

The teacher will call you again. She doesn’t even have a spare oxygen flow meter in the hospital, so she has to get one. We will call you again and send you a Twitter appeal. Someone managed to find the device.

Despite the government’s claims, things are getting worse. There are no beds and few medicines. For many, it’s a slow path to death.

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Gagan Deepkan, a virologist at Christian Medical College in Velvet, South India, told the BBC that more action was needed to stop the spread of the virus.

“We need to prevent non-essential activities. We know what an Indian wedding is like, for family reasons, other social reasons, business or politics. For any reason, we limit the size of the rally. Everything really needs to be stopped. “

“I don’t think there is a need for a national blockade, but I think we need to intervene harder than ever in places where incidents are on the rise.”

Map of Covid cases in India

Map of Covid cases in India

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