India's suffering with their newest wave of COVID-19:
Over the past few months, India has had to deal with its second coronavirus wave that is devastating the nation. There are far more sick people than there are beds, and more lives are being taken each day. Equally crucial to analyzing this crisis is discussing international aid and other ways people can donate or help.
In early January this year, India had been carefully opening all offices, markets, and education sectors while keeping in mind the Covid precautions. Things naturally eased as days went by, seemingly ordinary. March appeared to be a beacon of hope as the number of Covid cases was minimal at that time. However, this overall inadvertence paved the way for community transmission of the disease, resulting in the second wave of coronavirus pandemic hitting India.
Along with the exponential growth of Covid-19 cases in India, a shortage of oxygen cylinders required for severely ill Covid patients has been on the scene for the last few weeks. This has caused a general panic in the affected as well as the unaffected. In such cases, hoarding incidents have also taken place. Several hospitals have asked for help on social media sites for patients whose relatives are spending days and nights searching for proper oxygen supply for their loved ones.
Each day, the number of Covid-19 cases in India is as high as 400,000. Naturally, hospitals all over the country are running out of beds and ambulances to accommodate the severe-case Covid-19 patients. Inter-state migration has further worsened the situation. Not to mention, the work pressure is extremely high for the medics, pushing them towards physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. A Delhi doctor working at a top hospital committed suicide after not being able to handle the immense workload and frequent loss of lives.
Since a majority of Indians cremate their bodies after death, India's crematoriums are, at this moment, filled with bodies of the deceased. The crematorium owners had all confessed to having burned 100-200 bodies daily when the expected average was only 10. With that, a shortage of wood required for the funeral pyre has been seen. People in charge of crematoriums have almost given up, many resorting to telling people to come equipped with wood.
Amid such national crises, many states of India have announced complete lockdown while the others are yet to do so. But keeping in mind the previous experiences, many people oppose the idea of total lockdowns, for they endanger the economic condition that such a lockdown would throw the country into. Thus, many states have organized partial lockdowns that would lessen the number of Covid-19 cases.
Even in such difficult times, Indians still do see some light. Many local, nonprofit voluntary organizations have joined hands with educational and research institutes to supply oxygen to those in need. International aid has also been provided by many countries such as Britain, the USA and others, which have sent medical oxygen, ventilators, medications, and other essential supplies. India is still working on how these products can be sent to the vulnerable by seeking voluntary assistance.
In helping India come out of this grievous situation, certain organizations have played a vital part in enabling people worldwide to donate in India's aid. These organizations include—
UNICEF, The Indian Red Cross, Rapid Response, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Hope Foundation, Oxfam India, and many others.
With all this help and international support, India can only hope to surpass the second wave of Covid pandemic.