The news comes after the Southeast Asian nation surpassed Brazil to become the world’s second most affected country on Monday, with total infections nearly reaching 13.7 million. The nation also reported 161,736 fresh cases and 879 deaths on Tuesday.
Crematoriums and burial facilities in India are struggling to cope with a spike in deaths due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
India’s Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Gets Permission to Import Russia’s Sputnik Vaccine13 April 2021, 08:08 GMTFamilies have been forced to wait roughly two to three hours to cremate their relatives despite facilities working at double capacity following the first wave, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg.
The report added that Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his administration have been unprepared amid a surge in crowded gatherings, religious pilgrimages and other events. Experts believe the country has also underreported fatalities, namely in rural villages, and have only medically certified 20 to 30 percent of all deaths.
WorldWHO Warns COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Growing Exponentially’ as Millions of Cases Emerge12 April 2021, 23:32 GMTNew Delhi also reported a record high of 11,000 new cases on Monday, Bloomberg added.
Nigambodh Ghat, the capital’s largest crematorium near the Yamuna river, provisions have been made to “increase the number of wood pyres and have also planned for additional manpower,” North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor Jai Prakash said.
The news comes a day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned the pandemic was reaching a “critical point” as new cases were “growing exponentially” despite national lockdown measures and restrictions from national governments.