India has surpassed the grim milestone of more than 200,000 deaths caused by the Covid-19 disease as a devastating second wave of infections overwhelms the South Asian nation’s under-funded healthcare system.
Hospitals across the country are reporting a shortage of medical oxygen and beds. Even crematoriums are running out of space, with funerals held in parking lots, and parks turned into temporary cremation grounds.
The World Health Organization says a variant of Covid-19 feared to be contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been found in at least 17 countries.
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