The COVID-19 tsunami wave in India continues to devastate the health of citizens in the country. This is evidenced by the addition of daily cases continuing to set consecutive world records, with the latest data recording that there were 3,49,691 new COVID-19 patients on Sunday.
The death toll in past 24 hours recorded 2,767. It is also predicted that in the capital city of Delhi alone one person can die from COVID-19 every five minutes. There are so many bodies lying around in India that burial and cremation services are overwhelmed.
A Delhi resident, Nitish Kumar, said it was difficult to find a cremation place for his mother who had died from COVID-19. He was forced to leave his mother’s body for two days at home.
Until finally Kumar found a makeshift mass cremation site in the parking lot. There the crowd burned the bodies with piles of wood.
Jitender Singh Shunty of the medical nonprofit Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal said on that day 60 bodies were burned in the field. Starting from newly married couples, children 15 years old, and even toddlers burned the bodies. “No one in Delhi has seen this,” Singh commented with tears in his eyes.
“Children of five years, 15 years, 25 years are all cremated. There are also newly married couples. It is very difficult to witness,” he concluded.
According to Bhramar Mukherjee, a biostatistician at the University of Michigan, if the virus continues to spread under the same conditions, India could reach an average of half a million new daily cases by next month.
Figures that have never existed in any other country. The death rate is likely to follow. Over the last two weeks alone, that figure has jumped 128%.