Covid-19 in India: Visual guide to the crisis
A devastating second wave of coronavirus in India has seen hospitals and crematoriums overwhelmed and widespread shortages of oxygen and medicines.
Here’s a visual guide to what is happening and what the authorities are doing about it.
There have been recorded numbers of cases and deaths
Case numbers and deaths in India are continuing to rise fast, fuelled by a new variant.
The country hit a record number of cases on Monday – the fifth time in a row – as well as its highest daily number of deaths.
There are very few critical care beds
The country has a chronic shortage of space on its intensive care wards, with many patients’ families forced to drive for miles to try to find a bed for their loved ones.
In Delhi – a region of about 20 million people – hospitals are full and are turning away new patients.
Some streets outside medical facilities have become crowded with the seriously ill, their loved ones trying to arrange stretchers and oxygen supplies for them as they plead with hospital authorities for a place inside.
“We have been roaming around for three days searching for a bed,” one man told Reuters news agency as his wife sat immobile on the pavement.
On Monday, the government announced military medical infrastructure would be made available to civilians and retired medical military personnel would be helping out in Covid health facilities.
Daily Oxygen Needed for COVID19 Patients
Lower, lower-middle, and upper-middle-income countries
There’s a shortage of oxygen
Hospitals across India are also experiencing oxygen shortages and in desperate need of supplies, with some forced to put up signs warning of a lack of supplies.
The country now has the greatest demand for oxygen out of all other lows, lower-middle and upper-middle-income countries, according to the PATH Oxygen Needs Tracker.