Due to a shortage of oxygen and medical supplies, India has broken a new record in the last 24 hours, reporting 362,902 cases and 3,285 deaths. The total number of deaths from Covid-19 has exceeded 200 thousand in the country, which has experienced the deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral fires rising all over the country indicate that the actual death toll is higher. Especially in the capital Delhi, crematoriums are overflowing with so many bodies that people have to light makeshift funeral fires in the lands in parks and roads. However, despite this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members continue to hold political rallies without masks and distance measures to raise support before the municipal elections.
The total number of deaths caused by the new type of corona virus in India has exceeded 200 thousand, with the lack of oxygen, medical supplies and hospital personnel increasing a record number of new infections. The second wave of Covid-19 in the country caused an international concern, crushing healthcare facilities and crematoriums, with at least 300,000 people being infected every day over the past week.
However, 362,902 new cases and 3,285 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours in India. In the country with the deadliest day, the total number of cases approached 18 million, and the total number of deaths reached 201 thousand 165. However, scientists believe that the actual number of cases and deaths in the country is much higher in the country with a population of 1.3 billion. The funeral crisis in the country is seen as one of the greatest proofs of this situation.
In the capital city of Delhi, where 17 million people live, crematoriums are so full of corpses that the people burn makeshift funeral fires in the land outside the caneze areas. In crematoriums across the country, grieving relatives have to wait up to 20 hours to hold a funeral for loved ones.
Photos taken in Delhi show smoke rising from dozens of fires burning in a parking lot converted into a temporary crematorium. “More and more people continue to die,” said Jitender Singh Shanty, who coordinates more than a hundred funerals a day in the east of the city. If we get more corpses, we will have to burn them on the way. There is hardly any room left in crematoriums. “We never thought we would see such horrible scenes.”
On the other hand, as the death toll in the country increases, the night sky in some Indian cities shines from fire. Some images show trees in the parks being cut down for funerals. Hindustan Times reported that 27 new funeral grounds have been built in the Sarai Kale Han crematorium in the capital, and dozens more have been added to a nearby park.
However, in the country that is in the ring of fire due to the Covid-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members continue to hold political rallies to garner support before the municipal elections. There is a campaign for municipal elections in some parts of the southern Telangana state. Images tweeted by the BJP Telangana official account show that most of the crowds gathered at political rallies do not wear masks or follow social distance rules. While the situation is getting a lot of backlash, experts worry that the indifference in the country is exacerbating the crisis in India.
On the other hand, the White House’s chief medical adviser and infectious diseases specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci said the situation in India emphasizes global inequality. “The only way to adequately respond to a global pandemic is to get a global response, and a global response means equality around the world. And that’s something that unfortunately cannot be achieved. Mostly, when you have illnesses for which there is a limited amount of intervention, whether for treatment or prevention purposes. relatively wealthy countries or countries with higher incomes should pay more attention, ”he accused rich countries of hoarding vaccines and medical supplies.
Many countries have sent oxygen and emergency response equipment to India, where infection and mortality rates have increased exponentially. Ventilator cases and other oxygen devices departing from England arrived at Delhi airport the day before. In addition, US President Joe Biden said they will export millions of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to India.
At the same time, many countries are closing their borders to passengers from India. Belgium, Spain and Australia were the last to be added to these countries. In Fiji, the Indian mutation epidemic forced the capital to lock down after the island country avoided infections for a year, and health officials announced that they were worried about the increase in cases.