World More than 20 million cases of Covid-19 listed in India
SOS messages, panic as virus breaks India's health system
NEW DELHI (AP) — Dr. Gautam Singh dreads the daily advent of the ventilator beeps, signaling that oxygen levels are critically low, and hearing his critically ill patients start gasping for air in the New Delhi emergency ward where he works. Like other doctors across the country, which on Monday set another record for new coronavirus infections for a fifth day in a row at more than 350,000, the cardiologist has taken to begging and borrowing cylinders of oxygen just to keep his most critical patients alive for one more day.
With more than 20 million cases of COVID-19, India is edge of asphyxia and hospitals are struggling to treat the many contaminated patients.
The entire country is in alert state. India has exceeded Tuesday, May 4, the 20 million cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official data, whilein the country at saturated hospitals.
In the past 24 hours, India has identified 357,229 new contaminations, totaling 20.3 million, according to the Ministry of Health. Deaths increased from 3,449 to 222 408 in total. Many experts believe, however, that the actual number is much higher.
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The country of 1.3 billion, struck by a second wave of a great virulence, has identified eight million new contaminations since the end of March.
Hospitals are submerged andoxygen reserves, medicines, beds, despite .
The daily number of new contaminations has decreased in recent days, after reaching a peak of 402,000 cases Friday, to fall at about 392,500 Saturday, to 368,000 Sunday and less than 360 000 during last 24 hours.
"If we analyze cases and daily deaths, there is a very early signal of movement in the right direction," said Monday at La Lav Aggarwal, senior official of the Ministry of Health.
"But these are very early signals. It is necessary to analyze them more in depth and to deploy efforts to monitor them continuously," he added.
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