India's Covid crisis as medics try to save patients amid oxygen shortage

The shocking reality of the Covid crisis in India was exposed as medical professionals struggled to rescue hypoxic patients.

Indian hospitals are on the verge of collapse. The country is battling a double mutant strain of coronavirus during a devastating second wave.

Ovens have melted due to overuse as bodies pile up amid a rising death toll, which has increased by a record 2,000 in the past 24 hours, along with 290,000 new cases.

It comes when the UK was told it was weeks too late to put India on its red list to restrict travel. According to the latest figures, 215 cases of the new variant have already been discovered in Great Britain.

The latest video pans show the civil hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat state, which was full of patients last week.

You can see a patient sitting upright, surrounded by people, with an oxygen mask around her face.

Nurses are shown caring for patients in another room, with many of them lying down and hooked up to machines.

Ambulances can be seen outside the building where people are gathering – likely waiting for news from loved ones.

Medical professionals are desperate to resuscitate a patient

Hospitals in India are on the verge of collapse after a deadly spike in Covid cases

The video shows three masked medics trying to resuscitate a patient lying on a hospital bed with tubes attached.

A doctor even straddles the patient in one place – he presses firmly on his chest to resuscitate him.

In the next bed, a young man is in tears as he stands by the bed of a loved one while another doctor comforts him.

India has a record number of Covid cases

A health worker in Mumbai, India as the country battles a devastating wave of coronavirus cases

The harrowing footage comes after News India set a world record for new Covid cases amid oxygen starvation.

The country reported 314,835 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. This is the highest one-day number in the world ever recorded.

India also had the worst daily death toll over the same period – 2,104 deaths were reported.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country is now close to 16 million as a brutal second wave of the virus emerges.

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