Images of burning pyres with victims of the coronavirus COVID-19 on the India they go around the world. The Asian nation has become the second country in the world hardest hit by the pandemic after the United States. On Friday it registered a world record of more than 330,000 new infections and more than 2,200 deaths.
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Along with their dead, their relatives, who, in addition to seeing their loved ones burned in the middle of the streets, ask for about $ 100, 20 times the normal rate. People like Madam Kumar who, after paying an exorbitant sum to have her father burned, the crematorium ran out of wood and they even asked them to bring it themselves.
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The India is immersed in a second wave that advances at a record speed, adding more than 100,000 cases a day in just one week, data that contrasts with those of February, when the country registered less than 10,000 cases a day and, optimistic, many thought that the worst of the pandemic was over.
The number of deaths from coronavirus also advances unstoppably, with 2,263 deaths in the last 24 hours, which brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 186,920, deaths that are partly attributed to the lack of oxygen in many hospitals.
PUGNA FOR OXYGEN
The effort to obtain oxygen supplies in hospitals has become a real distance race for some regions, such as western Maharashtra or New Delhi, two of the worst affected by the pandemic.
The head of the Government of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, denounced today in a virtual meeting he held with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and other Indian regional leaders, that of the 700 tons of oxygen per day required by the capital, “only 350 arrived ”To health centers.
“The reason is that in some state the trucks (that transport the oxygen) are being stopped. Just because Delhi doesn’t have an oxygen factory, should Delhi’s 20 million people be deprived of oxygen? ”, Kejriwal lamented.
Social networks also echo messages from hospitals and relatives of patients who need oxygen cylinders, such as the one made today by the Artemis Hospital, located on the outskirts of the capital, which warned: “SOS, less than three hours of supply of oxygen (…) We ask the Government to help urgently ”.
The Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi also launched a distress call last night in which it assured that “25 of the sickest patients have died in the last 24 hours. The oxygen will last for another two hours. “
“Hospitals in Delhi have 1 to 2 hours of oxygen left and there is a chance that people will die. Who should I call if some states stop trucks with Delhi’s oxygen quota? We cannot let our people die. The situation is very serious”, settled the head of the capital government.
The central government, which issued an order on Thursday to allow the free movement of supplies without “restrictions on manufacturers and suppliers,” insisted that the regions “must ensure that no oxygen tanker trucks are detained.”
The Executive also announced that both the rail transport and the air forces will begin to collaborate in the delivery of oxygen to other states to reduce waiting times.
In order to avoid a health collapse, regions such as New Delhi imposed a total confinement of one week on Monday, although without apparent results yet, with the peak of cases still soaring.
The capital registered 26,169 cases and 306 deaths in the last day, while Maharashtra continues to be the Indian region most affected by this second wave, with 67,013 new cases and 568 reported deaths.
To this black day, Maharashtra added another 13 deaths after a fire broke out this morning at a hospital for patients with coronavirus in the coastal city of Virar, near the Indian financial capital of Mumbai.
With confinement as a last resort to avoid the collapse of the economy, the vaccination campaign that India launched last January is seen as the only way to end this health crisis in this country of 1.35 billion people.
This situation prompted the Government to announce that from May 1 it will allow the inoculation of its entire population over 18 years of age, also liberalizing the prices of vaccines with the intention of increasing their production and availability.
Among other measures to speed up the vaccination rate, the Asian country has authorized the emergency use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which joins the two indigenous antidotes: Covaxin, from Bharat Biotech; and Covishield, from the British-Swedish laboratory AstraZeneca produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII). The one dubbed “the largest vaccination campaign in the world” has so far administered 135 million doses, 3.1 million in the last 24 hours.
With information from EFE
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