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‘No beds’: Indian hospitals struggle to get more oxygen amid COVID crisis


The COVID outbreak in India Empire. There were 400,000 new cases on Saturday – and a flood of critical cases arriving at hospitals was already full.

Everywhere there is a lack of oxygen. In hospitals and on the street, where family members stand in line for an hour to fill patient tanks at home. A Sikh temple east of Delhi has even installed curbside oxygen for the sickest.

Like Abu Sadat, whose brother does what he can until he can find treatment in the hospital.

“No beds. No beds,” said a hospital worker. He’s been looking for over a week.

As the funeral pyres burn day and night, the Indians are both devastated and furious.

A patient with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) receives treatment inside the emergency department at Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi, India on April 29, 2021.

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The country managed to beat its first wave of COVID a year ago and has opened up, even to mass religious and political gatherings.

Indian families – especially the poor – are now paying the price.

The other current COVID hotspot is Brazil, with an even higher per capita death rate than India at the moment.

A vaccination program set up in the vast interior of Brazil has distributed more than 40 million doses.

But in cities – without lockdowns – it’s no surprise that the virus has continued to spread.

And in Turkey, where the COVID rate started to skyrocket last month, authorities concerned about losing control have imposed the country’s first-ever lockdown, which will last until mid-month.

From Europe, some good news. Deaths and infections are declining as vaccination rates rise – and some countries are even starting to talk about reopening their borders to foreign travelers.

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