India Covid: Daughter gives mother mouth-to-mouth in vain attempt to save her ...

This is the moment a desperate daughter gave her Covid-infected mother mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a vain attempt to save her life at an overwhelmed hospital in India amid the country's brutal second wave of Covid. 

Footage taken at a hospital in northern Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday shows two daughters standing over a stretcher where their mother is laying motionless.

With no doctors in sight, one of the daughters gives her mother mouth-to-mouth while the other watches, though was unable to save the elderly woman's life.

Doctors said the patient was brought to the hospital 'on her death bed' and by the time medics were able to attend to her, she had already died.

India is suffering through the world's worst second wave of Covid, and has today reported 368,147 new cases - the 12th straight day where cases have been over 300,000, taking the country's overall toll to just shy of 20million.

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Another 3,417 deaths on Monday takes the country's overall toll to 218,959 - now the world's third-highest after the US and Brazil, though analysts warn the true toll is likely more than double and could by up to ten times higher.

A woman gives her mother mouth-to-mouth at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh

A woman gives her mother mouth-to-mouth at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh

This is the moment a daughter gave her Covid-infected mother mouth-to-mouth at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, shortly before she died as medics were unable to attend to her due to the overwhelming number of patients

India is suffering the world's worst second wave of Covid, with infections rising close to 20million and more than 3,000 people dying each day - though analysts warn that figure is likely a dramatic under-estimate

India is suffering the world's worst second wave of Covid, with infections rising close to 20million and more than 3,000 people dying each day - though analysts warn that figure is likely a dramatic under-estimate

Relatives carry the body of a victim who died due to the Covid-19 into a cremation ground in Delhi for their last rites

Relatives carry the body of a victim who died due to the Covid-19 into a ground in Delhi for their last rites

Relatives cremate the body of a person who died due to Covid in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru

Relatives cremate the body of a person who died due to Covid in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru

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Bodies of Covid victims are burned at a cremation ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru

Bodies of Covid victims are burned at a ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru

India seven-day average cases

India seven-day average deaths

India is now reporting a seven-day average of more than 350,000 Covid cases (left), while the average number of deaths over the last week has risen to nearly 3,500 - which most believe is an under-estimate (right)

There has been an outpouring of fury at the government's handling of the crisis as oxygen runs low and the health system collapses - and on Sunday that anger seemed to manifest at the ballot box, as Prime Minister Modi's party lost a state election in West Bengal to one of his fiercest critics.

State chief minister Mamata Banerjee defeated Modi's right-wing BJP party to keep control of the state, which was one of Modi's top election targets and where he appeared at rallies several times leading up to the vote.

However, the BJP did expand its presence in West Bengal from three to 80 seats to become the main opposition party, and held power in the nearby state of Assam.

Covid infections in India have soared by around eight million since the end of March, according to official data which many suspect are a considerable underestimate. 

India's underfunded health care system is under severe strain, with fatal shortages of beds, drugs and oxygen leaving some to die awaiting treatment in long queues outside hospitals in capital New Delhi and other cities.

Twenty-four people died in one hospital overnight on Sunday in the southern state of Karnataka after the hospital ran out of oxygen, press reports and sources said, though the district administration denied that shortages had caused the deaths.

Another 12 died on Saturday in a hospital in the capital New Delhi after it ran out of oxygen, reports said.

Several hospitals sent out desperate appeals for oxygen on social media overnight, with deliveries arriving only in the nick of time.

One children's clinic in Delhi raised the alarm on Twitter over a shortage of oxygen that has reportedly left around 25 to 30 newborns and children at risk.

'Oxygen is a basic requirement of a hospital and a consistent supply has not been assured. We are constantly firefighting,' the head of the Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital Dr Dinesh told the Indian Express daily. 

But the country's health ministry has offered a glimmer of hope, reporting that positive cases relative to the number of tests conducted fell on Monday for the first time since at least April 15.

A medical worker in PPE observes patients who have been infected by Covid-19 inside a makeshift care facility in a sports stadium at the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi

A medical worker in PPE observes patients who have been infected by Covid-19 inside a makeshift care facility in a sports stadium at the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi

Patients suffering from Covid-19 are treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic outside a Sikh Gurudwara in Indirapuram

Patients suffering from Covid-19 are treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic outside a Sikh Gurudwara in Indirapuram

Mukesh Bhardwaj cries as he sits next to his wife, who receives oxygen support at a Sikh Gurudwara in Ghaziabad

Mukesh Bhardwaj cries as he sits next to his wife, who receives oxygen support at a Sikh Gurudwara in Ghaziabad

A volunteer uses a pulse oximeter to check the oxygen saturation of a man's blood before providing him oxygen support at a Sikh Gurudwara in Ghaziabad, India

A volunteer uses a pulse oximeter to check the oxygen saturation of a man's blood before providing him oxygen support at a Sikh Gurudwara in Ghaziabad, India

India's coronavirus cases may peak between May 3-5, according to a mathematical model from a team of scientists advising the government, a few days earlier than a previous estimate as the virus has spread faster than expected.

Federal and state authorities have been scrambling to get extra oxygen to hospitals, including by sourcing it from industry and sending special 'Oxygen Express' trains.

Foreign assistance has also been pouring in, including from Germany and France, which this weekend sent medical equipment including oxygen-generating plants.

'Out there the hospitals are full. People are sometimes dying in front of the hospitals. They have no more oxygen,' German ambassador Walter J. Lindner said.

Adding to the pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the government to rectify the oxygen situation in Delhi by midnight (1830 GMT) on

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