India has recorded 314,835 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number of new daily infections seen worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic. The country is currently facing a devastating second wave, with infections having soared since early April. To date, India has recorded nearly 16 million Covid cases and 185,000 deaths.
The unprecedented spike in infections has left hospitals overwhelmed, with patients forced to share beds or sleep on the floor in some regions. The situation has been worsened by a nationwide oxygen shortage, which has begun to claim lives across the country. Desperate relatives have turned to social media in an attempt to find oxygen for family members.
Experts believe this drastic surge in cases has, in part, been fueled by the recent Kumbh Mela festival, which saw millions of devotees from across the country gather in celebration. India has also seen an increasing presence in Covid variants, including a ‘double mutant’ strain which may be more infectious and resilient against vaccines