India has faced a shortage of oxygen as COVID-19 infection spread again like a tsunami, setting a new world record for the third consecutive day, Reuters reported.

Big Health care chains in the country announced shortages of oxygen and suspended new Covid-19 patient admissions.

Max Healthcare that runs network of hospital in the country tweeded that it had less than two hours of oxygen left.

The biggest India Healthcare chains are reportedly running on backup oxygen supplies as infected cases uncontrollably pour into the hospitals.

The rampaging second COVID-19 wave hit a rate of one coronavirus death every four minutes in Delhi as hospitals are flooded with patients, according to Reuters.

Indian government deployed military planes and trains to get oxygen to Delhi from different parts of the country and overseas.

Total infected cases rose overnight by 346,786, for a total of 16.6 million cases, India has 189,544 deaths recorded up to the time.

In a single night another record-breaking COVID-19 death mark was recorded in the past 24 hours, 2, 624 people have died of the pandemic overnight.

Crematoriums were full and grieving family has to wait, Hospitals have gone to courts seeking the government to order emergency arrangements for medical supplies, particularly oxygen, Reuters said in a report.  

“It’s a tsunami. How are we trying to build capacity?” the Delhi high court asked the state and federal governments in response to this plea, reported Reuters.

Media outlets in India captured families tending and caring for the infected in hospital corridors, streets.

In a single day, India surpassed the US record of 297,430 infections record within 24 hours, making the country a global epicenter for the disease.

The federal government in February declared, India has beaten the virus, authorities lifted restrictions, and allowed huge gatherings and religious festivals when new cases were being recorded 10,000 people infected per day, experts told Reuters.

It is believed that this could be the worst and more dangerous COVID-19 variant coursing through India.

India is the second-most populous country in the world where people live in close proximity often six members of a family live in a single room.

“While complacency in adhering to masks and physical distancing might have played a role, it seems increasingly likely that this second wave has been fuelled by a much more virulent strain,” wrote Vikram Patel, Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School, in the Indian Express, Reuters quoted.

According to experts India needs to ramp up vaccinations and impose lockdown and restrictions in the red zones where high infection rates are being recorded on daily basis.

Reuters reported that India has opened up the immunization program to all adults but faces shortage.

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