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‘The system has collapsed’: India’s descent into Covid hell

Many mistakenly believed that the country had defeated Covid. Hospitals are now running out of oxygen and bodies are piling up in morguesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all of our coronavirus coverage Relatives wearing personal protective equipment are attending the funeral of a man who died of coronavirus, at a crematorium in New Delhi. Photo: Adnan Abidi / Reuters Looking out over a sea of ​​ruthless, faceless faces gathered at a political rally in West Bengal on Saturday, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi proudly announced that he had “never seen such huge crowds”. A mask was also clearly absent from Modi’s face. The same day, India registered 234,000 new coronavirus cases and 1,341 deaths – and numbers have continued to rise since then. The country has fallen into a tragedy of unprecedented proportions. Nearly 1.6 million cases are registered in a week, bringing the total number of cases to more than 15 million. In just 12 days, Covid’s positivity rate doubled to 17%, while in Delhi it hit 30%. Hospitals across the country have filled to capacity but this time it is mainly the young who take the beds; in Delhi, 65% of cases are under 40 years of age. While the unprecedented spread of the virus has been partly blamed for a more infectious variant that has emerged in India, the Modi government has also been accused of top-notch political leadership failures, with lax attitudes echoed by state and local leaders from all parties and even health officials across the country, who in recent months mistakenly believed that India had defeated Covid. A patient wearing an oxygen mask on wheels is inside a Covid-19 hospital for treatment in Ahmedabad. Photo: Amit Dave / Reuters “Nationwide leadership did not adequately convey that this was an epidemic that had not gone away,” said K Srinath Reddy, president of the Institute of Public Health in India. “Victory was announced prematurely and impartial moods were being spread across the country, especially by politicians who wanted the economy to go and wanted to get back to campaigning. And that gave the virus a chance to rise again. ”In West Bengal, where the Modi government has refused to curtail the state elections his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hopes to win, Modi and his home minister Amit Shah continued their public meetings and shows touring into this week even as queues of ambulances lined up outside hospitals across India. On Saturday, the same day as the Modi rally, the state registered 7,713 new cases – the highest since the pandemic began. Three candidates running for election have died from the virus. By Sunday, #ModiMadeDisaster was starting to trend on Twitter. Covid India deaths Doctors on the frontline broke down, talking about the flood of Covid patients who had died who could not be treated due to lack of beds and inadequate government and central government preparation. Dr Amit Thadhani, director of Niramaya hospital in Mumbai, which only treats Covid patients, said he had given warnings of a second furious wave back in February but that they had been ignored. He said that now his hospital is “fully occupied and if a patient is discharged, the bed is filled within minutes”. Ten days ago, the hospital ran out of oxygen, but alternative supplies were found in time. “There are people lined up outside the hospital trying to get in and every day we get calls every 30 seconds from someone trying to find a bed,” said Thadhani. “Most of these calls are for critically ill patients who need hospital care but there is not enough capacity and so there are many deaths. Everyone has been stretched to their limits. ”Thadhani said this time that the virus was“ much more aggressive and far more infectious ”and that it now mainly affects young people. “Now, people in their 20s and 30s are coming in with very serious symptoms and there are many deaths among young people,” he said. Health workers and relatives carry the body of a man who died of coronavirus, in a crematorium in New Delhi. Photo: Adnan Abidi / Reuters The appalling scare of ambulance sirens continued to ring across the capital almost non-stop. Inside the Lok Nayak government hospital in Delhi, the capital’s largest Covid facility, overloaded facilities and lack of oxygen cylinders meant two to bed, while outpatients were waiting for gas-fueled beds on stretsier and in ambulances, while sober relatives. stand by their sides. Some sat with oxygen cylinders that they had bought themselves out of despair. Others died waiting in the hospital car park. Chart In Mumbai, the first city to bear the brunt of the second wave, Dr Jalil Parkar from Lilavati hospital said “the whole healthcare system has collapsed and doctors are exhausted”. “There is a shortage of beds, a shortage of oxygen, a shortage of drugs, a shortage of vaccines, a shortage of tests,” said Parkar. “Although we opened another wing for Covid, we still don’t have enough beds, so we have had to put some patients in the corridors and we have turned the basement into a triage area for Covid patients. We have people waiting in ambulances and wheelchairs outside the hospital and we have to give them oxygen out there. What else can we do? ”Graph Even those in the upper tiers of power struggled to find beds for their loved ones. Vijay Singh Kumar, the national minister for transport and a BJP MP in Uttar Pradesh state, took to Twitter with the plea: “Help us, my brother needs a bed for coronary treatment. Now beds are not being arranged in Ghaziabad. “In announcing a six-day shutdown to prevent the complete collapse of the healthcare system, Delhi’s prime minister, Arvind Kejriwal, did not mince his words.” Covid’s position in Delhi is serious, “he said on Monday. Over 99% of ICU beds in the capital that day and by Tuesday, several of Delhi’s major hospitals, each with hundreds of Covid patients, had declared oxygen crises, warning that they had only hours of supplies left. Chart like Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh accused of covering up the true death toll from coronavirus, with the number of bodies stacking in hospital morgues far outstripping official death figures.One of the worst hit cities in Uttar Pradesh Lucknow, where 22-year-old Deepti Mistri – a mother of one with no pre-existing health conditions – was among the dead of the city, after falling ill with Covid on April 14. Her uncle Saroj Kumar Pandey, an ambulance driver and its coded d from her childhood, he desperately tried to find her a hospital bed, two days later, her oxygen level began to drop dangerously to less than 50% but she could not find anywhere that had room. A warning about a shortage of coronavirus vaccine supplies is seen at a vaccination center, in Mumbai. Photograph: Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters “I realized Deepti needed oxygen right away so I arranged for a cylinder for herself,” she said. “I put her in the back of a oxygen relationship car while touring a dozen private and government hospitals trying to find her bed and ventilator. But nowhere would it take her. ”Eventually, late at night on 16 April Pandey found her bed in a small, six-bed private clinic in Lucknow. She was not in Covid hospital but agreed to take her for one night to give her oxygen while Pandey continued to look for a hospital bed. “We kept looking all night but nowhere has a bed or ventilator,” he said. “In the morning the clinic released her at 5am, so we had no choice but to bring her home. Deepti died a few hours later due to lack of oxygen and hospital care. She should be alive today. “People are carrying a medical oxygen cylinder at a refueling station in Allahabad. Photo: Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images Twitter and Facebook have become the destructive catalog of hundreds of thousands of emergency pleas for help in finding hospital beds, oxygen, plasma and remdesivir, the drug used experimentally to help treatment of Covid’s patients, who remain short of supply in hospitals across the country. Meanwhile, the dead have continued to overload cremations and cemeteries in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi faster than they could be burned, and families waited days to cremate their loved ones. On Sunday, Delhi’s largest cremation facility, Nigambodh Ghat, ran out of space, despite doubling its funeral portals to more than 60. State governments in Delhi and Mumbai have been scrambling to temporarily rebuild the Covid facilities they had been dismantled months earlier, while the central government announced that the vaccination program would be carried out which would render anyone over the age of 18 eligible from 1 May, although there is still a shortage of supplies is a problem. A government editorial ruled that all oxygen meant for industrial use would now be diverted to hospitals to meet unprecedented demand, and Indian railways said they were all supposed to operate special trains specially designed to carry liquid oxygen and oxygen cylinders, dubbed “Oxygen Express”. Thousands of Covid beds are also arranged in train carriages. Still, many fear it is too little, too late. “The seriousness of the situation should have been realized months ago but instead governments were denying and sending out messages that the virus was no longer as dangerous,” said Thadhani. “I’m worried that we still haven’t seen the worst.” Mohammad Sartaj Alam contributed the reporting