Hospitals in India are launching desperate appeals for help as the country's health system crumbles. Coronavirus infection rates continue to break global records. The government has given top priority to the transport of life-saving oxygen, but hospitals are so overwhelmed that many people can't even get inside. The situation is particularly dire in the capital Delhi, where oxygen supplies are running out fast.
Fighting for breath, patients outside a Covid-19 hospital in Delhi are among the fortunate ones:
The clinic is overwhelmed and lacks free beds. But at least it still has oxygen to administer to the most gravely ill among a steady flow of new arrivals.
Across the country, hospitals are full and turning stricken patients away. Many are critically low on oxygen supplies - as India's second wave sets global records for new daily infections. Social media are flooded with stories of people desperately trying to secure oxygen for loved ones.
To speed up deliveries, Indian Railways has launched an "Oxygen Express" service - ferrying supplies directly from production plants. Like a beacon of hope, the first train arrives in Maharashtra - one of the hardest-hit states, where more than 62 thousand people have lost their lives to the virus.
Grieving families blame hospital staff - while crematoriums and cemeteries struggle to accommodate bodies.
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