India’s health system on the brink

India’s health system on the brink
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IslamNews – India shattered its single-day records for new coronavirus infections and deaths, reporting 293,018 cases and 2,023 deaths in 24 hours. The country was averaging roughly 11,000 cases per day in early February, but it may soon become the only country aside from the United States to surpass 300,000 daily cases, and its health care system is showing signs of buckling.

At a hospital for coronavirus patients in the state of Maharashtra, a leak in the main oxygen tank stopped the flow of oxygen to dozens of critically ill patients, killing more than 20 people. All week, hospitals across India have been warning about an acute oxygen shortage, one of the most alarming aspects of the country’s second wave. Many hospital officials said they were just a few hours away from running out.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that lockdowns were a last resort, but states and cities are increasingly going into lockdown on their own, and critics say the government’s mixed messages are making matters worse. Many blame politicians for holding political rallies, or allowing an enormous Hindu festival that has brought more than 10 million people to the banks of the Ganges river since January.

Source: The New York Times

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