Indian Hospitals Turn Away Patients in COVID-19 'Tsunami'

Indian Hospitals Turn Away Patients in COVID-19 'Tsunami'

The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The country of 1.3 billion people has logged over a million new cases in the past three days, bringing its pandemic totals up to 16.9 million recorded cases of the coronavirus, including 192,311 deaths.

Max Healthcare, which runs a network of hospitals in north India, tweeted that it had less than two hours of oxygen left while Fortis Healthcare, another big chain, said it was suspending new admissions in Delhi. - AP A Covid-19 patient sits inside a vehicle and breathes with the help of oxygen provided by a Gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship, in New Delhi on April 24. The supply was to reach us by 5 in the evening, but it reached around midnight.

The court asked the state government to inform the Centre about such officials who may be obstructing oxygen supply so that it could take action against them.

Deaths have been steadily rising in India as critical care beds, medicines and oxygen fall short in an unrelenting wave of Covid infections.

Some other countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom and the UAE, have also restricted air travel from India. Yet officials say there are still hours-long waits.

Jaipur Golden Hospital is the second hospital in the city to send an SOS over shortage of oxygen on Saturday morning.

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France will impose new entry restrictions on travellers from India, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, April 21. India is a concern not only because of the mutation, but also because of a massive resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

Washington is under increasing pressure to do more to help India, the world's largest democracy and a strategic ally in President Joe Biden's efforts to counter China, as it grapples with a record-setting surge in coronavirus infections. - AP People stand in queues to refill oxygen in cylinders in New Delhi on April 23.

The centre, in today's hearing, had earlier put the blame back on the AAP government.

The head gravedigger at New Delhi's largest Muslim cemetery, where 1,000 people have been buried during the pandemic, said more bodies are arriving now than previous year.

"Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific Covid-19 outbreak", US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on twitter.

Health experts said India became complacent in the winter, when new cases were running at about 10,000 a day and seemed to be under control. It has also approved Russia's Sputnik V and has urged Pfizer Moderna and Johnson and Johnson to provide it with vaccines.

Britain began to gradually lift Covid-19 restrictions last month after months of curbs and a successful mass vaccination campaign. It has opened up the immunisation programme to all adults but faces a shortage.

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