India has become the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic. Hundreds of people are dying every day in Delhi alone due to the second wave of corona. Rows of corpses are getting longer and longer in the crematoriums. Even after working day and night, the crematorium workers are not able to finish the cremation of all the corpses. Cheetah infrastructure is also being built in the park to increase the range of crematoriums to handle the situation.
According to the BBC, 360 people were officially killed in Delhi on Monday alone. Severe covid patients lack oxygen, which is essential for survival. There has been a crisis in the intensive care unit (ICU) beds and life-saving drugs.
In the last few days, more than one million corona patients have been identified in India. In the last 24 hours, the Indian government on Tuesday said that the number of infected people had dropped slightly. On this day 3 lakh 23 thousand 144 people were reported to have been infected. The previous day this number was 3 lakh 52 thousand 991, which is the record of identifying the highest number of patients in a single country in a single day. So far, about 18 million corona cases have been identified in the country and 1 lakh 92 thousand deaths have been reported.
However, the actual number of infections and deaths is thought to be much higher than this figure. According to an investigation by Indian media outlet NDTV, information on the deaths of at least 1,150 people in Corona in Delhi last week remained unaccounted for by officials. Other investigations have also revealed that coronary heart disease infections and deaths are thus out of the government’s reach.
The BBC says cremators have been working almost all night. Relatives of the dead are also shaking hands with them. They are cooperating in arranging cheetahs and performing other religious rituals.
Parking lots, parks and open fields are being sought in Delhi to build cheetah infrastructure for cremation. Family members often have to wait for hours for cremation. At least 26 new cheetah infrastructures have been built at the Sarai Kale Khan crematorium in Delhi. Another 60 have been built in the park. Municipal authorities are looking for more places to burn on the banks of the river Jamuna.
An employee of the crematorium told The Hindu that they had been working from early morning till midnight.
The infrastructure of 20 cheetahs has been rebuilt in the parking lot of Ghazipur crematorium in East Delhi. An official told the Indian Express that the number of bodies was much higher than the infrastructure. More cheetah infrastructure needs to be built. It takes up to six hours to cremate a corpse. That is why the relatives have to wait for three to four hours to bring the body. The condition of other crematoriums is also serious. In Delhi, a city of two crore people, there are no empty beds in hospitals. Oxygen has also become scarce. At least two hospitals in the city have died due to lack of oxygen. Crisis has also been created in the ambulance service. After many attempts, a bed was found in a hospital but it has become difficult to take the patient. Many have died while waiting for an ambulance. Social media is flooded with posts asking for oxygen cylinders, life-saving drugs and help for ICU beds.
In this situation, many countries have extended a helping hand to India. They have come up with oxygen, ventilators and oxygen concentrators. The United Kingdom has started sending ventilator and oxygen concentrator devices. EU member states are also in the process of sending aid. France has announced that it will provide oxygen.
US President Joe Biden has spoken to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by telephone. Joe Biden has promised “full cooperation” with the United States. The United States is also lifting existing restrictions on sending vaccine raw materials abroad. This will create an opportunity to increase the production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at the Serum Institute of India. The United States will also send medical and safety equipment.
Bhutan, a small country in South Asia, has announced plans to send liquid oxygen to the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Despite years of coolness, Pakistan has offered to help India during this difficult time. They want to send medical equipment. The Eid Foundation of Pakistan has proposed to send 50 ambulances to India.