A massive spike in COVID-19 deaths leaves the Indian government battling to manage the pandemic.
Shortages of oxygen, medical supplies, and hospital staff are some of the factors at play with the country struggling to contain the second wave of the virus.
The second wave saw close to 300 000 people a day test positive for the virus, putting the healthcare system, mortuaries, and crematoriums under pressure.
Desperate sick people flooded a Sikh temple on the outskirts of New Delhi hoping to receive some of the limited oxygen supply.
Flights from India from been suspended by a majority of countries that are taking precautions to limit the spread of the different variants of the virus.
Cremation photos show the scale of Covid-19 deaths in India – that Modi Govt wants to suppress. Modi supporters say photos “violate private Hindu ceremony”. Why aren’t they enraged that these cremations are forced to happen minus ceremony on sidewalks, in parking lots, en masse? pic.twitter.com/noHylrT7jB
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) April 28, 2021
Images of the mass cremation ceremonies taking place in India have flooded social media, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the publishing of the images over violating the private religious ceremony.
“Please help me, please. My father is dying. I can’t afford another loss.”
COVID-19 continues to ravage India, with overcrowded hospitals, makeshift funeral pyres, and patients still desperate for oxygen. pic.twitter.com/PaDXIIPzQb
— DW News (@dwnews) April 28, 2021
The situation is dire and many first-world nations are pledging support to India who were instrumental in developing the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The US is said to returning millions of unused AstraZeneca vaccines back to India to assist.
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