With the second wave of the epidemic gaining strength, the COVID cases are catching on and it is heartbreaking to see people coming out of Maharashtra. Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, is facing a severe shortage of ambulances as the death toll soars. The sight of 22 bodies being dumped in an ambulance wrapped in plastic bags is shocking to the country.
Swami Ramanand Tirtha of Marathwada Government Medical College, Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district has been photographed carrying the bodies of 22 people. The incident sparked controversy after some people shared pictures taken by relatives of the deceased on social media. Relatives of the deceased alleged that although police and hospital officials were present at the scene, no one responded to the ambulance loading the bodies.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID cases in the country has risen to 3.2 lakh in the last 24 hours. There has been a slight decrease in the incidence of the disease compared to the previous days. However, it is estimated that the low number of tests may be due to the holiday.
The death toll in the country is still above 2,500. In the last 24 hours alone, 2771 people have died from COVID infection. For the fourth day in a row, the number of patients is over three lakh. The death toll is approaching 3,000, which is a matter of great concern.
The health sector is also gripped by the epidemic. Many hospitals lack oxygen and inpatient treatment. Meanwhile, reports say that Pakistan is ready to supply oxygen to India.