IN THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF MAY, India’s new COVID-19 cases held at close to 400,000 per day (up from 12,000 in early March). They have crossed the 23 million mark of COVID-19 cases. About 246,000 Indians have died.
This second wave seems to involve a more virulent strain than the first, and the statistics are probably higher in reality. The patients are younger and more seriously ill than in the first wave. Across India, there are not enough beds for the sick nor nearly enough oxygen to meet the needs. The crematoriums and burial sites are having difficulty keeping up as daily deaths have risen to nearly 4,000.