Hospitals in India are besieged with critically ill patients gasping for air, which reported a record 346786 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (April 24), as the country has become the new epicenter of the epidemic.
April 24 was the 3rd consecutive day India set a record for daily virus infections, with the country averaging over 331000 new COVID-19 cases during the three days.
On Saturday, the country recorded 2624 coronavirus-related fatalities, a new record for a single twenty-four-hour span.
Hospitals have been unable to supply oxygen to many critical patients in the capital city of Delhi, and crematories have been overwhelmed.
Moolchand Healthcare, which runs hospitals all over Delhi, said in a tweet yesterday morning it had less than two hours of oxygen for 135 coronavirus patients, many on life support. It was adding it had been unable to reach administration officials to plead for help.
Urgent sos help. We have less than 2 hours of oxygen supply @Moolchand_Hosp. We are desperate have tried all the nodal officer numbers but unable to connect. Have over 135 COVID pts with many on life support #. @ArvindKejriwal @CMODelhi @LtGovDelhi @satinderjain26 @PMOIndia 🙏
— Moolchand Healthcare (@Moolchand_Hosp) April 24, 2021
In India, the official COVID-19 death toll has been overwhelming. A New York Times report published on 24th April cites experts who contend that tally represents only a fraction of total COVID-19-related fatalities.
According to the analysts interviewed by the New York Times, politicians and hospital administrators may be motivated to under-count large numbers of deaths. At the same time, disheartened families may be hesitant to inform authorities of coronavirus-related deaths as well.
An epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, Bhramar Mukherjee, told the NYT that it is a complete data massacre. They believe the exact number of deaths is two to five times what is being reported from all the modeling they have done.
Medical experts worldwide worry that a new coronavirus variant, B.1.617, that is often referred to as the ‘double mutant,’ is primarily responsible for the devastation in India.
The Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School, Vikram Patel, wrote in the Indian Express that while complacency in adhering to face masks and social distancing might have played a part, it seems increasingly possible that a much more contagious strain has fueled this second COVID-19 wave.
According to Ravi Gupta of Cambridge University, coronavirus vaccines will possibly work against the new variant, B.1.617, by protecting against severe illness and death, but not against virus infection in people with poorer immune responses.
994,351 is the total number of coronavirus infections that have been reported by India’s Ministry of Health and Welfare over the recent three days. Moreover, Before Thursday (April 22), no nation in the world had ever reported over 300000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.