Covid victims in India 'jumping off buildings' as oxygen supplies and beds run out at hospitals

DESPERATE virus victims are hurling themselves off buildings as India’s Covid crisis deepens, it was reported last night.

Oxygen supplies and beds have run out at many hospitals, leaving gasping patients dying at home or on the streets.

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And yesterday the nation, which has recorded nearly 200,000 deaths, set another grim milestone for the highest number of infections — for the fifth straight day.

It registered 2,812 deaths and 352,991 new cases — a global daily high.

The spike has sparked a 1,500 per cent hike in the price of black market oxygen, with some families paying £900 for £60 cylinders.

But thousands unable to afford it were feared to be dying without medical care.

It comes as:

  • UK sends ventilators to India to help overwhelmed hospitals
  • IPL chiefs vow tournament will go ahead despite the crisis
  • India threatens to 'hang' officials delaying oxygen supplies
  • Cases could hit 500,000 a day as death toll mounts

India was once seen as a success story in beating the pandemic but PM Narendra Modi now stands accused of cover-ups and dismal failure.

A West Bengal man was reported to have leapt to his death from a hospital roof after testing positive.

In Patna in the north east, a railway worker beheaded his wife when she caught the virus then leapt to his death from their apartment.

Film also emerged showing a victim’s body falling from an overloaded ambulance en route to a crematorium.

The capital, Delhi — where the night sky glows orange with funeral pyres — is the worst-hit city. It has reported 1,777 deaths in five days.

Emergency ward medic Dr Gautam Singh tweeted: “Please send oxygen — my patients are dying.”

The first of nine planeloads of medical supplies sent by the UK is due to arrive today.


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