India's healthcare system pushed to its limits as coronavirus crisis deepens

International aid is pouring in as the country continues to grapple with hundreds of thousands of new COVID cases as one estimate predicts one million Indians will die from the virus by August.
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in on it. Shots for shots. George? Great. Overseas now. India at a breaking point. Heading toward 1 million deaths as cases soar, and the medical system is near collapse. Anti-government anger is growing. Maggie Rulli is on the scene there. Good morning, Maggie. Reporter: George, good morning. This house of worship has been converted into a hospital, and we have been watching as ambulances come up. Multiple people arriving, all who have tested positive for covid-19, and on the ground it feels like as fast as help will arrive, the need is even greater. This morning, India in crisis. The country's health care system pushed to its breaking point. We are beyond capacity in our icu. Reporter: This doctor telling me they don't have the nurses, doctors or supplies to treat all those who are sick with covid. The patients have arrived and died at the gate. These are lives that could have been saved. Reporter: In just the 24 hours, more than 400,000 covid cases and more than 4,000 deaths. Experts believe those numbers are drastically underreported with one estimate predicting that 1 million Indians could die from covid-19 by August. Sbshl aid is pouring in as many tell us they feel the country's health care system has failed them, and now they have to step in to help themselves. Outside this hospital, we meet people making desperate calls to find helper for their loved ones. This couple was told there is no room for their aunt. What are you going to do now? Go to the church. Reporter: This man says he has tried more than 20 hospitals and clinics. So far, no one has an icu bed for his uncle. The reality on the ground is people like that man and so many others often find themselves here, at places that are reaching out trying to help people. We have driven past so many makeshift clinics on the side of the road in tents, people driving up to get oxygen. These places all run by volunteers and people tell us as they help their community, sometimes from total strangers, it's keeping their loved ones alive, George. Maggie, give us a deeper sense of what you are seeing right now. Reporter: Yeah, George. It's hard not to feel helpless sometimes here on the grounds in India, and clinics and hospitals, we've watched as patients are receiving life-saving care in the 100-degree heat on the side of the road, and there's the other side of the city. New Delhi is known for its packed streets and culture, but right now it is eerily quiet, George. People staying inside because they're scared, and they're scared to go outside. Such a terrifying situation. Maggie Rulli, thanks very much.

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