New Delhi: According to data released by the Ministry of Health on Sunday, the number of new coronavirus cases in India has increased by 392,488, while the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours has increased by 3,689.
The current total number of cases in India is 19.56 million, of which 215,542 have been killed by the virus.
Several states in India have run out of vaccines against COVID-19, exacerbating a dire second wave of infections that has left hospitals and morgues overflowing while families scramble for increasingly scarce medicines and oxygen.
“Come back to us. How will we live without you?” wailed Aanchal Sharma and her mother-in-law over the lifeless body of her husband, waiting like so many others for their turn at a crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi.
In the parking lot, more than a dozen ambulances with dead bodies lined up, and the staff cleared the soot from the pyre overflowing from the main cremation area.
Medical experts say that the actual figure may be 5 to 10 times higher than official statistics. When oxygen cylinders are scarce and cherished, patients have been begging in the hospital.
Despite being the world s biggest producer of vaccines, India now does not have enough for itself – undermining a plan to ramp up and widen inoculation from Saturday.
Only about 9% of its 1.4 billion people have had a dose.
“I registered to get a slot 28 days before, but now they are saying there are no vaccines,” complained Jasmin Oza on Twitter.