▲ It is now common to pile up firewood and cremate the dead at the empty sites in the center of the city, such as parks and parking lots. © weeklymonday
Due to the COVID-19 situation, India is reportedly going into a great depression. As the medical system collapsed in the wake of rapidly increasing infections and deaths, an earthquake occurred in the Assam on April 28th, which made citizens extremely fearful.
On April 29th, according to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there were 379,257 people infected in one day, higher than the day before, which was 360,960 people. This means there are more than 300,000 patients every day.
However, this is just an official figure, which means there are probably more infections. Since March, the number of deaths has soared with an average 2,800 deaths a day. So far, more than 200,000 people have died, but the actual number is expected to be much higher due to the recent surge in deaths.
The crematoriums are operating overnight and the families of the dead are waiting in long lines for the deceased’s cremation. It is now common to pile up firewood and cremate the dead at the empty sites in the center of the city, such as parks and parking lots. In these street crematoriums, there are also scuffles over firewood to speed cremations.
According to BBC, Bengaluru, one of the worst hit cities by COVID-19, is estimated to have about 300 cases per square kilometer. There is a lack of hospital facilities and patients’ families are buying medical supplies or equipment for self-care on the black market. Drugs such as Remdesivir, which has not been recognized for its efficacy, and oxygenators are getting more expensive every day.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 5.7 million COVID-19 cases worldwide last week, 38 percent of them in India. Analysts suggest that the reason why COVID-19 in India is catastrophic is due to the mutant stains of virus and indiscriminate mass rallies.
Many countries including the U.S. are also seeking assistance to help India solve this problem. The U.S. decided to send 20 million doses of Astrazeneca vaccine to India in addition to 100 million dollars’ worth of supplies, including life-saving oxygenators. Also other countries such as Singapore, Russia, New Zealand and France are now planning to help India.