India has set a new world record for daily coronavirus infections for four consecutive days, putting more strain on hospitals in crisis.
An additional 349,691 cases were recorded on Sunday, bringing the total to about 17 million since the pandemic began.
Overcrowded hospitals struggle to get enough oxygen and patients are turned away.
On Saturday, the United States said it was deeply concerned about the surge in the case.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will work closely with the Government of India to send more support and supplies.
The Government of India is deploying trains and the Air Force to transport supplies to the affected areas.
In the capital city of Delhi, the situation where people are dying in hospitals due to lack of oxygen is especially serious.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the situation in India is a “catastrophic reminder” of what the coronavirus can do.
Deaths across India increased by 2,767 in the 24 hours to Sunday. This is the maximum number ever per day.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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