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Coronavirus swamps Indian hospitals as countries promise aid

Infections in the last 24 hours rose to 352,991, with overcrowded hospitals in Delhi and elsewhere turning away patients after running out of supplies of medical oxygen and beds.

April 26, 2021 / 04:06 PM IST
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)

India's new coronavirus infections hit a record peak for a fifth day on Monday, as countries including Britain, Germany and the United States pledged to send urgent medical aid to help battle the crisis overwhelming its hospitals.

Infections in the last 24 hours rose to 352,991, with overcrowded hospitals in Delhi and elsewhere turning away patients after running out of supplies of medical oxygen and beds.

"Currently the hospital is in beg-and-borrow mode and it is an extreme crisis situation," said a spokesman for the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the capital, New Delhi.

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