India reports oxygen depletion amidst Covid-19 crisis

At least two hospitals in the Indian capital of Delhi are running out of oxygen, amid a healthcare crisis gripping several states in the country.

A number of people have died while waiting for oxygen supplies, and the majority of intensive care beds in Delhi hospitals are full.

The country now has recorded close to 16 million confirmed infections and saw a record number of 2,300 cases on Thursday alone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to hold meetings today with state Chief Ministers of affected states and oxygen manufacturers.

Some 800 miles away in the capital New Delhi, several COVID-19 patients died on gurneys outside another hospital overnight Wednesday as relatives jostled them toward a crowded entrance. They couldn’t get through the door in time.

On the other side of the country in Gujarat, in western India, a man sobs over the body of his relative, a cancer patient who’d also tested positive for the coronavirus and died in the parking lot of yet another overcrowded hospital, unable to get care. Arguments erupted over who was to blame.

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