India’s spring coronavirus surge

ABC News’ James Longman reports on the surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in India that are putting the country’s health care system on the brink of failure.
2:18 | 04/21/21

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Corona virus crisis in the world's second most populous nation India. The country experiencing a brutal spring's surge that is threatening to cripple their health care system ABC's James Longley is tracking at all. Yeah hi Lindsay was perhaps only a matter of time before Kreuter virus really stilted to overwhelm India. But how does seem that time has come to the country of -- one point four billion people and is reporting over 250000. New cases and day some fifteen million in total. And it's so far reported around a 180000. Deaths. But the true numbers are likely much higher number of towns and cities all reporting. Far larger numbers of dead found the official national statistics. And this new surge is only just getting started it goes on like this according to one Sadiq. They could be seeing more than 5000. Deaths a day by next month. Now the difference to the lost. But now it seems they walk on prep head in the second wave. He's spreading the fall more contagious various health system essentially collapsing in pulse the country the monster testing announced three times higher than what they were lost. And these massive delays of push the country to breaking point hospitals awful we've seen reports after reports of desperate people trying to get the relative seen by doctors. What failings the icu is awful and the dead are piling up a crematorium and graveyards. Now huge issue does seem to be that lack of oxygen and the government is now re reaching supplies to hospitals from industry. To try and fill a gap a using India's huge rail network and trucks and tankers to ferry oxygen around the country. Authorities have non commence a little towns are trying get the situation under control like in the capital New Delhi. But in some pulse the country election rice and religious gatherings are still going at they are clearly potential super spreader events. It's slow vaccination drive puzzles they seem to be contributing to the surge fewer than 8% of its huge population received one dose of a vaccine. And there are concerns about supplies in the weeks ahead. This is off course a tragic situation for India is also very dangerous more broadly. As one doctor said if India doesn't get covered on the control the world doesn't get cut of it under control. Dangerous for all of us James thank you.

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