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Rush to hospitals, big gatherings worsen India COVID crisis: WHO

India's death toll is now pushing towards 200,000, and hospitals that do not have enough oxygen supplies and beds are turning away coronavirus patients.

April 27, 2021 / 06:28 PM IST
Representative Image. (Source: Reuters)

Representative Image. (Source: Reuters)

People in India are rushing unnecessarily to hospital, exacerbating a crisis over surging COVID-19 infections caused by mass gatherings, more contagious variants and low vaccination rates, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

India's death toll is now pushing towards 200,000, and hospitals that do not have enough oxygen supplies and beds are turning away coronavirus patients.

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The WHO is providing critical equipment and supplies to India, including 4,000 oxygen concentrators, which only require an energy source, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

Less than 15 percent of people infected with COVID-19 actually need hospital care and even fewer will need oxygen, he said.