India begins mass cremation as COVID-19 death toll swells


As the cities are running out of crematorium and places to honor the dead, India has already begun mass cremations where bodies of people who succumbed from COVID-19 are being burnt in a makeshift facility.

The number of COVID-19 cases significantly inflated in India causing the health facilities to be overwhelmed. As a matter of fact, last April 22, the country recorded the world's highest daily tally of 314,835 coronavirus infections.

With this, many COVID-19 positive patients are having a hard time looking for hospitals that can accommodate them for treatment while others are being left with a choice to just stay in their homes and continue their self-quarantine.

Since several COVID-19 patients are not being catered in the hospitals, many die causing the crematorium to  run out too. 

As a solution, places like parking lots were turned into a makeshift facility where dead COVID-19 victims were being burnt  all at once. New Delhi officials are also receiving requests to cut down trees in city parks to fuel cremations.

"No one in Delhi would have ever witnessed such a scene. Children who were 5 years old, 15 years old, 25 years old are being cremated. Newlyweds are being cremated. It's difficult to watch," said Jitender Singh Shunty, a New Delhi resident who runs a non-profit medical service.

As of this moment, India has more than 17 million COVID-19 cases with nearly 200,000 deaths.

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