The Indian Premier League cricket tournament was suspended on Tuesday as coronavirus infections soared above 20 million in the overwhelmed nation.
Another 357,229 Covid-19 cases and 3,449 new fatalities were recorded by the health ministry. Medics believe the real figures could be between five and ten times higher.
Covid outbreaks among three cricket teams prompted the IPL to indefinitely postpone their lucrative competition after they last week hosted a fixture at a ground in Delhi just a few blocks away from a hospital which was short of oxygen.
There is mounting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of a mutant strain as funeral pyres in major cities like Delhi and Mumbai burn around the clock.
Despite emergency medical gear arriving from Britain and the United States, there remains an acute shortage of oxygen, medicines and beds across India.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
People are dying in the streets and on stretchers outside the overcrowded hospitals where relatives are forced to source their own oxygen, with a full cylinder costing £1,000.
People attending a funeral service in Delhi are surrounded by burning pyres amid the fastest growing Covid outbreak in the world.
Another 357,229 infections were recorded on Tuesday as cases soared over 20 million
Another 3,449 new fatalities were recorded on Tuesday but the death figures are believed to be between five and ten times under-reported
Meanwhile a single dose of the remdesivir anti-viral drug is being sold to desperate family members for £500 - the normal price is less than £20.
Remdesivir, originally developed to fight Hepatitis C, has been approved for emergency use against Covid by the UK and the US, but the World Health Organisation says there is no evidence to support its use.
Infections have surged in India since February in a disastrous turn blamed on more contagious variants of the virus as well as government decisions to allow massive crowds to gather for Hindu religious festivals and political rallies before state elections.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
India's top health official, Rajesh Bhushan, refused to speculate last month as to why authorities weren't better prepared.
But the cost is clear: People are dying because of shortages of bottled oxygen and hospital beds or because they couldn't get tested.
India's official average of newly confirmed cases per day has soared from over 65,000 on April 1 to about 370,000, and deaths per day have