India became, on Saturday (the first), The first country in the world to record more than 400,000 new cases of Covid virus in one day.
In an effort to curb the infection, India has expanded the immunization drive to all adults. But There is a shortage of vaccines in the country that produces the largest number of vaccines in the world. In the capital, New Delhi, officials have asked people not to flock to vaccination centers because the doses have not yet arrived. The lockdown in the city, in place since April 19, has been extended today for another week.
The images of the Indian doctor at the start and end of the 15-hour shift represent the individual sacrifices of many in the face of a collapsing health system. A man said he put his mother face down because her oxygen level is so low and there are no oxygen cylinders in the hospital where they are. The condition is repeated across the country.
To make matters worse, a hospital in New Delhi was without oxygen for 80 minutes, causing the deaths of eight patients. The hospital director said he begged the suppliers to get more oxygen, but the truck arrived too late.
In the west of the country, a fire in the sick ward with Covid killed at least 16 people. This is the second fire in Indian hospitals in a week.
Humanitarian aid shipments by air to India: 120 ventilators from Germany and 8 oxygen machines from France. But the country, which is seven times the size of Brazil and has a population of 1.3 billion, needs much more than that.
It rallies the international community and speaks of solidarity and cooperation. But it also protects itself. Indian tourists are not entering the UK at this time. The United States will restrict entry to people from India from Tuesday (4).