The second wave of the Coronavirus in India is rapidly approaching to turn into a devastating crisis, with hospitals becoming unbearably full, running out of oxygen supplies, and infected dying while waiting to see a doctor – there is increasing evidence that the actual number of deaths is much higher than what has been officially reported, According to the “New York Times” newspaper, new infections in India are equivalent to half of all new cases around the world.
The Indian government daily reports more than 300,000 new infections, in a world record that surpasses any other country so far, and it can be said that the injuries there are at a rate comparable to half of all new cases around the world.
A new report by the American newspaper pointed out that experts say that these numbers, no matter how shocking, represent only a fraction of the true extent of the spread of the virus in India, which prompted the country to declare a state of emergency.
Millions of people are refusing to leave their homes – due to fear of contracting the virus. There are also accounts of patients desperate for oxygen while waiting in chaotic hospitals that have run out of life-saving oxygen.
Analysts say politicians and hospital administrators may be underestimating or turning a blind eye to the death toll. Grieving families may be hiding the link of the death linked to Covid-19, adding to the confusion in this formidable country of 1.4 billion people.
“It is a complete massacre of data,” said Pramar Mukherjee, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan who closely follows the situation in India.
In one of the large cremation areas in Ahmedabad, a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, orange fires light the night sky, burning 24 hours a day, like an industrial factory that never stops.
Suresh Bhai, a worker there, said he had never seen such an endless line. Noting that he had never recorded the cause of death on the papers he hands over to the grieving families, that it was related to Covid-19, although the death toll rose with the increase in the frequency of the virus. Suresh said: “A disease, a disease, a disease … this is what we write.”
When asked why, he said this is what his superiors recommended to him, who declined to comment.
It is worth noting that, on Saturday, officials reported nearly 350,000 new infections and deaths continued to rise. In a hospital in the capital, New Delhi, doctors said that 20 patients in the intensive care unit had died after hypotension, blaming the acute shortage of oxygen supplies.