India is in the midst of a coronavirus disaster that leaves families just begging overwhelmed hospitals to treat their loved ones.
The country’s health system is collapsing as the disease rises rapidly in 1.36 billion people.
More than 332,000 cases were reported on Friday – a world record for a second day in a row.
Crematoria have started organizing mass burial pyres to dispose of the exponential number of bodies.
Delhi, the country’s capital, recorded 306 deaths in the past 24 hours alone – one roughly every five minutes.
And some states are now facing a lack of oxygen as the coronavirus continues to be rife in lax health protocols.
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The country’s Supreme Court has classified the situation as a national emergency.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to support India, possibly with ventilators.
Shocking images show hospital patients lying in the dirt outside of a hospital. Police were used to stop the oxygen looting.
Tragically, 13 people died in an intensive care unit fire at a coronavirus medical facility near Mumbai on Friday.
On Wednesday, 24 patients died in another part of the state after a leak cut off the flow of oxygen to their ventilators.
Thursday was India’s first world record day with 314,835 cases. On Friday, 332,730 cases with 2,263 deaths were reported.
Atul Gogia, a frontline doctor, told Radio 4 this morning that the situation in the country was “both physical and emotional.”
“Everything is full, we are overwhelmed, the employees fall ill with the disease, so we also lack the staff,” he said.
“We have oxygen, but it’s day after day now. We got some oxygen last night, so now we have some oxygen.
“There is such a big wave that we don’t have any places in the emergency room.
“We don’t have enough oxygen points, patients come in with their own oxygen, others without, we want to help them
“But there aren’t enough beds or oxygen points and not enough oxygen to feed them, even if they were.”
Officials and public figures in India have been criticized for loosening restrictions too quickly during the winter when cases were running low.
But now people who are losing loved ones are turning to makeshift burial facilities – because the funeral services are overcrowded.
And despite the dire situation in the north, other states are still seeing relatively low cases – which means the numbers could get even higher.
Professor James Naismith from Oxford University told the story MailOnline that Britain could be in a similar position to India without a lockdown.
“What is happening in India is a powerful example of the havoc the rapid spread of the virus is wreaking. Health care is overwhelmed and vulnerable people are suffocating in ambulances waiting for help,” he said.
“This could be a fair point for those who have so joylessly spoken out in favor of ending the UK lockdown in autumn and winter to reconsider their analysis.”
Dr. Saswati Sinha, an intensive care specialist in the eastern city of Kolkata, said the BBC Emergency rooms and wards were full.
She said, “We receive direct calls from our patients, our acquaintances, our neighbors. They ask us to accommodate some of their next of kin.
“Unfortunately, our situation is that even though we do our best, we still have large numbers of patients that we cannot accept.”
“In 20 years in the intensive care unit, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Mr Johnson said Britain is looking at ways to help India.
“We are thinking about what we can do to help and support the people of India, possibly with ventilators,” he said.
“Thanks to the challenge for ventilators and the tremendous efforts of UK manufacturers, we are now in a better position to supply ventilators to other countries.
“But possibly with therapeutics, dexamethasone and other things, we’ll see what we can do to help.”