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Heartbreaking photos emerge from hospitals as COVID-19 2nd wave hits India hard

Hospitals and medical staff are overburdened as the caseload of COVID-19 infections are increasing rapidly across the country.

April 20, 2021 / 08:54 PM IST
Hospitals are running short of oxygen and widely prescribed medicines such as Remdesivir and Fabiflu, prompting desperate people to pay exorbitant black market rates. Social media is full of horror stories of desperate calls to help a loved one needing hospital treatment for COVID-19 or other complaints. (Image: AFP)
Hospitals are running short of oxygen and widely prescribed medicines such as Remdesivir, prompting desperate people to pay exorbitant black market rates. Social media is full of horror stories of desperate calls to help a loved one needing hospital treatment for COVID-19 or other complaints. (Image: AFP)
Screengrab from an earlier viral video, shows more than one COVID-19 patient seen sharing a bed in Nagpur's GMC Hospital. (Image: ANI)
Screengrab from an earlier viral video, shows more than one COVID-19 patient seen sharing a bed in Nagpur's GMC Hospital. (Image: ANI)
Medical Superintendent Dr Avinash V Gawande says it generally doesn't happen. It's a 900-bed hospital. Patients come from neighbouring districts and state. So it's important to give them oxygen quickly. (Image: ANI)
Medical Superintendent Dr Avinash V Gawande says it generally doesn't happen. It's a 900-bed hospital. Patients come from neighbouring districts and state. So it's important to give them oxygen quickly. (Image: ANI)
A patient with a breathing problem is helped by a relative to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment in Ahmedabad, India, April 19, 2021. AMIT DAVE/REUTERS
A patient with a breathing problem is helped by a relative to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment in Ahmedabad, India, April 19, 2021. (Image: Reuters)
Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021. (Image: Reuters)
Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021. (Image: Reuters)
A man wearing a protective suit sits next to the bodies of the victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inside an ambulance at a mortuary of a COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)
A man wearing a protective suit sits next to the bodies inside an ambulance at a mortuary of a COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad. (Image: Reuters)
A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is wheeled from the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui - RC2AWM9NQQUJ
A patient suffering from the coronavirus is wheeled from the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021. (Image: Reuters)
Ambulances carrying COVID-19 patients line up waiting for their turn to be attended at a dedicated COVID-19 government hospital in Ahmedabad, India on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (Image: AP)
Ambulances carrying COVID-19 patients line up waiting for their turn to be attended at a dedicated COVID-19 government hospital in Ahmedabad, India on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (Image: AP)
Patients sharing bed in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital in Delhi. (Image: Reuters)
Patients sharing bed in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital in Delhi. (Image: Reuters)
In this April 19, 2021 file photo, people wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus line up without any physical distancing to get tested for COVID-19 at a government hospital in Jammu, India.  (Image: AP)
In this April 19, 2021 file photo, people wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus line up without any physical distancing to get tested for COVID-19 at a government hospital in Jammu, India. (Image: AP)
A family waits to receive the body of a person who died due to COVID-19 outside a mortuary, in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 19, 2021. (Image: AP)
A family waits to receive the body of a person who died due to COVID-19 outside a mortuary, in New Delhi, India on Monday, April 19, 2021. (Image: AP)
A hospital in Thiruvananthapuram runs out of Covishield vaccine. "We only have Covaxin doses. Those who took Covisheild first have to take the same vaccine. If it's not available, the whole purpose is lost," said Karthik Kumar, district secretary, Kerala Nurses Union. (Image: ANI)
A hospital in Thiruvananthapuram runs out of Covishield vaccine. "We only have Covaxin doses. Those who took Covisheild first have to take the same vaccine. If it's not available, the whole purpose is lost," said Karthik Kumar, district secretary, Kerala Nurses Union. (Image: ANI)
Yog Multispeciality Hospital in Pune runs out of oxygen supply.  One patient has died due to lack of oxygen supply. For last 2 days, we're struggling due to lack of liquid oxygen. Currently, 11 patients are on ventilators. We've only an hour's supply left: Dr Abhijeet Darak. (Image: ANI)
Yog Multispeciality Hospital in Pune runs out of oxygen supply. One patient has died due to lack of oxygen supply. For last 2 days, we're struggling due to lack of liquid oxygen. Currently, 11 patients are on ventilators. We've only an hour's supply left: Dr Abhijeet Darak. (Image: ANI)
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first published: Apr 20, 2021 03:23 pm

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