Relatives of a patient who died of Covid-19 mourn outside a hospital in Ahmedabad, India on April 17. Ajit Solanki / AP
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India has destroyed lives and overwhelmed hospitals and medical resources.
A new world record: India reported 332,730 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the highest number of daily cases in the world for the second day in a row. That brings India’s total to more than 16 million cases, according to a CNN report by the Indian Ministry of Health. The country added over 1 million cases in four days.
India also reported the highest death toll in a day since the pandemic began, with 2,263 deaths on Friday.
Lack of oxygen: At least six private hospitals in India’s capital New Delhi ran out of oxygen on Thursday, according to the city’s deputy prime minister Manish Sisodia. He added that supplies did not reach New Delhi even after the central government provided 480 tons of oxygen to the capital.
Workers are preparing to fill oxygen cylinders for hospital treatment of Covid-19 patients on the outskirts of Jabalpur, India on April 18. Uma Shankar Mishra / AFP / Getty Images
Health infrastructure strained: As of Friday morning, only 25 beds were available in the intensive care unit in the capital, a dashboard from the Delhi government showed. The Delhi Supreme Court also overturned a government ordinance on Thursday requiring Covid-19 testing labs to provide results in less than 36 hours. The court found that laboratories “reject and reject people” for this reason, stating that “there is no reason to ask for positive reports to be produced within 36 hours now, especially if the pandemic is four times larger than last year.” . “”
A black market for pharmaceuticals has emerged: With the rising Covid-19 cases in India, the demand for remdesivir has increased. However, with hospitals suffering from shortages, black market vendors charge up to ten times the suggested retail price for the antiviral drug, although there is no clarity about its effectiveness in treating the virus.
The vaccinations will be given on April 22nd in an indoor stadium in Guwahati, India. Biju Boro / AFP / Getty Images
Vaccinations: According to Indian Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan administered 135 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to India on Thursday. Currently India is only vaccinating its health care workers, frontline workers and people aged 45 and over. From May 1st, vaccination will open to everyone over the age of 18, which will be the largest cohort. It is stated that either this age group must receive vaccines from the state government or purchase them from private suppliers.