The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India devastated lives and completely overwhelmed hospitals and medical resources.
A new world record: India reported 332,730 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, the highest number of daily cases in the world for the second day in a row. That brings India’s total to more than 16 million cases, according to a CNN tally of figures from India’s Ministry of Health. The country added more than a million cases in four days.
India also reported its highest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic, with 2,263 deaths on Friday.
Oxygen shortage: At least six private hospitals in the Indian capital New Delhi ran out of oxygen on Thursday, according to the city’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. He added that supplies had not reached New Delhi, even after the central government allocated 480 metric tons of oxygen to the capital.
Tense healthcare infrastructure: As of Friday morning, there were only 25 intensive care beds available in the capital, a Delhi government dashboard showed. The Delhi High Court also on Thursday overturned a government order requiring Covid-19 testing labs to provide results in less than 36 hours. The court noted that the labs “refuse and refuse people” for this reason and said that “there is no reason to now require positive reporting within 36 hours, especially when the pandemic is four times greater than last year. ”
A black market for drugs has emerged: With the surge in Covid-19 cases in India, demand for Remdesivir has skyrocketed. But as hospitals face shortages, black market traders are charging up to 10 times the recommended retail price for the antiviral drug, despite the lack of clarity on its effectiveness in treating the virus.
Vaccinations: India has administered 135 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Thursday, according to India’s Minister of Health, Dr Harsh Vardhan. Currently, India only vaccinates its health workers, frontline workers and people aged 45 and over. As of May 1, it will open up vaccination to everyone 18 and over, which will be its largest cohort. It is stated that this age group will need to procure vaccines from the state government or purchase them from private providers.