Reuter's Report: India's COVID toll tops 200,000 dead
Reuter's Report: India's COVID toll tops 200,000 dead
2 min • Health & Science • 2021

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India's toll from the coronavirus surged past 200,000 on Wednesday, and passed another daily death toll record of almost 3,300 killed, as shortages of oxygen, medical supplies and hospital staff continued. Video contains graphic content. Lucy Fielder reports. Struggling to breathe, coronavirus sufferers flock to a Sikh temple on New Delhi's outskirts, hoping to get some of the limited supplies of oxygen it's been handing out, as India's death toll surged past 200,000 on Wednesday (April 28). Shortages of oxygen, medical supplies, and hospital staff have compounded a record number of new infections - at least 300,000 people a day over the past week. Wednesday also set another new record for those killed in a single day: almost 3,300. Healthcare facilities are overwhelmed, as are crematoriums. Across New Delhi, people are turning to temporary facilities, undertaking mass burials and cremations. Mourners have turned to parking lots and parks as families grow desperate to bury their loved ones. Ambulances carrying bodies of victims are waiting in line for hours. International help is starting to get through though. U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he intends to share vaccines with India and others. Supplies arriving in New Delhi included ventilators and oxygen concentrators from Britain, with more sent from Australia, Germany and Ireland, while Singapore and Russia pledged oxygen cylinders and medical supplies. (c) 2021 Thomson Reuters, unless otherwise identified.