COVID-19: Bodies wash up on banks of the Ganges as deaths rise to 250,000 on India’s deadliest day

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COVID-19: Bodies wash up on banks of the Ganges as deaths rise to 250,000 on India’s deadliest day


The bodies of COVID-19 victims washed up on the banks of rivers in India as the country passed through the deadliest day of the pandemic so far.

Dozens of corsps have been found on the banks of the sacred Ganges river, as 4,205 people have been pronounced dead from coronavirus here.

Grieving relatives, their villages stripped of firewood, were forced to simply place their loved ones in the water, rather than cremating them in the traditional Hindu style.

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Woman cries after seeing body of son who died after contracting COVID-19 in New Delhi, India

The death toll was a daily record and brought the country’s total death toll to over a quarter of a million.

The number of infections increased by 348,421 in 24 hours through Wednesday, bringing that total to over 23 million, the health ministry said.

Under severe pressure from new and deadlier variants of COVID-19, From India The health care system was overwhelmed during the second wave which began in February.

Many patients were turned away as hospitals which, due to a lack of beds, medicine and medical oxygen, were unable to cope with the surge, with the morgues also being overcrowded.

Victims often die without a doctor to issue a death certificate.

India, with a population of 1.4 billion, accounts for half of the cases and 30% of the deaths globally, the World Health Organization said in its latest weekly report.

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COVID-19 patients receive oxygen outside a government-run hospital in Jammu, India. Pic: AP

Daily infections are increasing in the countryside, rather than in urban areas, where they slowed after last month’s outbreak, experts say.

If there’s good news somewhere, it’s that the infection curve may show early signs of flattening, according to top virologist Shahid Jameel.

He told the Indian Express newspaper: “We seem to be peaking at around 400,000 cases per day. It is still too early to tell if we have made it to the top. “

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People waiting for a second dose of COVISHIELD, a coronavirus vaccine, in Kolkata

Areas with an infection rate above 10% should remain locked up for another six to eight weeks, the head of India’s main health agency said on Wednesday.

Dr Balram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), said: “If they come to 5% of 10% (positivity rate), we can open them, but it has to happen.

“It won’t happen in six to eight weeks, clearly. “

As for the hard-hit capital, he added: “If Delhi is open tomorrow, it will be a disaster.”

The country vaccine deployment, meanwhile, declined as stocks did not reach the vaccination centers responsible for immunizing all people 18 years of age and over.

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