NEW DELHI (AP) – A fire in a hospital ward at COVID-19 in the West Indies killed 18 patients early Saturday as the country battled the worst outbreak, but still stepped up vaccinations for all its adults, although some states say , have enough strokes.
India on Saturday set another daily world record with 401,993 new cases, reaching more than 19.1 million. Another 3,523 people have died in the last 24 hours, raising total deaths to 211,853, according to the health ministry. Experts believe that both figures are insufficient.
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Thirty-one other patients at a social care hospital in Baruch, Gujarat, were rescued by hospital workers and firefighters and were in good condition, police said BM Parmar. Eighteen people died from the flames and smoke before rescuers could reach them, Parmar said.
On April 23, a fire in the intensive care unit killed 13 COVID-19 patients in the Virar area on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Eight patients with COVID-19, including a doctor, have died at a hospital in New Delhi after a lack of oxygen supply, India’s Press Trust reported. No confirmation from hospital officials.
The New Delhi news channel also said a lawyer for the Batra hospital told a New Delhi court that the hospital had depleted its oxygen for 80 minutes on Saturday before the tank was filled.
Hospitals in the Indian capital are complaining about emergencies caused by irregular oxygen supplies from manufacturers due to a sudden increase in demand.
Faced with an unprecedented jump in cases that filled hospitals and crematoria, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government described the pandemic as a “once-in-a-century crisis.” Modi held a cabinet meeting Friday to discuss steps to save the country’s crumbling health system by adding hospital beds, solving problems with oxygen production, storage and transportation, and tackling basic drug shortages.
Television photos show a woman panting in her car as her family searches for a hospital bed on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The 33-year-old woman could not find a place in three hospitals and died in the car on Friday, the Times India reported.
Eight patients with COVID-19, including a doctor, have died at a hospital in New Delhi after depleting their oxygen supply, the Indian news agency told the Press. There is no confirmation from the hospital staff.
The media reported that a lawyer for the hospital in Batra told a court in New Delhi that the hospital had exhausted its oxygen for 80 minutes before the tank was filled.
Hospitals in the Indian capital are complaining of disruptions in oxygen supplies from manufacturers due to a sudden increase in demand caused by the massive surge in coronavirus infections.
The government on Saturday shifted its hesitant high-speed vaccination campaign, saying all adults aged 18 and over were taking pictures.
As of January, nearly 10% of Indians have received a single dose, but only about 1.5% have received both, even though India is one of the world’s largest producers of vaccines.
Some countries have already said that they do not have enough doses for everyone. Even ongoing efforts to inoculate people over the age of 45 stutter.
The state of Maharashtra has said it will not be able to start on Saturday. Satiender Jane, the health minister in the capital, New Delhi, said earlier this week that the city did not have enough doses to vaccinate people between the ages of 18 and 44.
The United States, meanwhile, has joined a growing list of countries restricting travel from India, the White House said, citing the devastating rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus.
President Joe Biden spoke with Modi on Monday about the growing health crisis and promised to send help immediately. This week, the United States began delivering therapy, rapid virus tests and oxygen to India, along with some materials needed by India to increase domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines.
In addition, a team of CDC public health experts is expected to be on site soon to help Indian health officials slow the spread of the virus.
Other countries have also sent aid, and the Indian Air Force has transferred oxygen containers from Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok.
A German military plane with 120 fans for India took off from Cologne on Saturday morning and other flights with more deliveries were planned. A team of 13 people was also on board to help prepare for the creation of a mobile oxygen unit to be taken to India next week, the German news agency dpa reported.