Hospitals in India are on the verge of collapse, and the underfunded healthcare system is now registering one death linked to covid-19 every five minutes.
For the third day in a row, the country set a new world record on Saturday, with 2,624 coronavirus-related deaths recorded.
Meanwhile, the dire trend continues with more than 300,000 new cases of infection daily, in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people.
In addition to a number of international media outlets The New York TimesThe dark numbers are large due to the lack of widespread reporting.
Two to five times worse
Epidemiologist Pramar Mukherjee at the University of Michigan told the newspaper that infection rates may be between two and five times what the Indian authorities have reported.
A man who works at one of the country’s many makeshift incinerators, where Coronavirus victims are burned around the clock, told the newspaper that they do not mention Corona as the cause of death.
Illness, illness and disease. That’s all we write, says the man, who thinks his employer told him to do it this way.
The cause of many deaths in the world’s second most populous country is the severe hypoxia that has occurred.
Oxygen is important in treating Covid patients who have severe disease exacerbations. If you can give the patient oxygen, you can buy time so that he or she has the opportunity to fight the disease.
A hospital in the capital, New Delhi, Sir Ganga Ram, requested emergency deliveries of oxygen on Friday as they only had enough supplies for two hours of operation. In the last 24 hours, 25 of their patients died.
President DS Rana is not linking the deaths to hypoxia, but doctors have told NDTV TV that poor oxygen access may be an auxiliary cause.
Several hospitals are warning of a lack of oxygen, beds, and medicines and have sought help from the courts. The Supreme Court says it is a national crisis and has asked the government to devise a plan to secure supplies of oxygen and essential drugs.
The leader of the country’s gas producers says production has increased as a result of the need that has risen dramatically.
We have excess oxygen in remote facilities where we need it now. There are some limitations, Saket Teko says, and the biggest challenge is getting the oxygen to where it’s needed to cover the noisy need.
Therefore, the authorities have set up express trains with oxygen tanks to meet the needs of the hospitals.
Earlier this week, 24 coronavirus patients died due to lack of oxygen in a Nashik hospital, Maharashtra state. The deaths occurred when the hospital’s oxygen tank leaked so that the patients’ respirators were no longer functional.
At least 190,000 people have died since the pandemic struck India, but the true number is believed to be higher.