|COVID-19 Crisis in India (bbc.com)|
India’s health care system is on the brink of collapse as a huge coronavirus (COVID-19) wave started in March. The number of daily COVID-19 cases in India grew to ten times bigger than that of the United States. In New Delhi, the capital of India, more than 400 people died every day because of COVID-19. The governments of New Delhi gave up operating hospitals and asked the military to manage the hospitals. To be specific, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the military to help to manage care units that have more than 10,000 patients and 1,000 intensive care units. Since medical oxygen is in short supply, thousands of patients have died. A court in India commented on the current misery of lacking oxygen as a “criminal act and nothing less than genocide.” The military would also support oxygen and even asked retired army doctors to recover the situation. Authorities decided to throw prospective medical graduates into the scene. Experts said the only way to get out of this situation is to get vaccinated. However, there are concerns that vaccines could be lacking for months. Even though India is the world’s largest vaccine producer, only 10% of Indians have been vaccinated once, and only 2% have been vaccinated fully.
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