India infections top 18 million as gravediggers work round the clock

India infections top 18 million as gravediggers work round the clock

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New Delhi/Mumbai: The total number of COVID-19 in India surpassed 18 million on Thursday. This is the world record of daily infections. Grave diggers are burying victims day and night, and hundreds more are buried in parks and parking lots. Temporary storage yard.

According to Ministry of Health data, India reported 379,257 new infections and 3,645 new deaths on Thursday, the highest number of deaths in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.

The second most populous country in the world is in a serious crisis, and hospitals and morgues are overwhelmed.

Sayyed Munir Kamruddin, a 52-year-old Mumbai grave digger, said he and his colleagues worked non-stop to bury the victims.

“I m not scared of COVID, I ve worked with courage. It s all about courage, not about fear,” he said. “This is our only job. Getting the body, removing it from the ambulance, and then burying it.”

Each day, thousands of Indians search frantically for hospital beds and life-saving oxygen for sick relatives, using social media apps and personal contacts. Hospital beds that become available, especially in intensive care units (ICUs), are snapped up in minutes.

“The ferocity of the second wave took everyone by surprise,” K. VijayRaghavan, principal scientific adviser to the government, was quoted as saying in the Indian Express newspaper.

“While we were all aware of second waves in other countries, we had vaccines at hand, and no indications from modelling exercises suggested the scale of the surge.”

The Indian military has begun to transport critical supplies such as oxygen across the country and will open its medical facilities to civilians.

Hotels and railway coaches have been converted into intensive care facilities to make up for the shortage of hospital beds.

Experts say that India’s greatest hope is to vaccinate the majority of the population and open registration to everyone over the age of 18 on Wednesday so that they can start receiving injections on Saturday.

But although it is the world s biggest producer of vaccines, India does not have the stocks for the estimated 800 million now eligible.

Many who tried to sign up for vaccination said they failed, complaining on social media of being unable to get a slot or even to simply get on the website, as it repeatedly crashed.

“Statistics indicate that far from crashing or performing slowly, the system is performing without any glitches,” the government said on Wednesday.

More than 8 million people had registered, it said, but it was not immediately clear how many had got slots.

A local official in Mumbai said that the city has suspended vaccination work for three days due to supply shortages, while officials said that the hardest-hit state of Maharashtra may extend strict coronavirus containment measures. Two weeks.

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