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Delhi hospital overwhelmed by COVID

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Sky News' Alex Crawford reports from Delhi, where there is not enough oxygen to cope with the huge numbers of COVID-19 patients.

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ALEX CRAWFORD: The emergency room of one of Delhi's biggest hospitals. They're constantly having to move out the dead to make way for more, and most of those in this room are dying. And they haven't been admitted yet to the hospital. The doctors are simply overwhelmed, scrambling for oxygen and reduced to begging for help on social media. India's set a worldwide record nobody wants. For a second day running, it topped the number of global daily coronavirus cases. They're shocked and ashamed at how the country's health care system is all but breaking.

The weak and ill have spilled out onto the pavement outside, and there's no dignity in death here. The final few breaths taken by this man came after his brother had begged for oxygen for him for six hours. Some turned up barely able to walk, only to turn around immediately after being told they'd be better off trying elsewhere. Whilst this family brought their mother, but saw her die minutes after reaching what they hoped was help. This hospital is useless, she's shouting.

But it's not isolated in its inability to cope right now. Only grief is here in abundance. Distraught relatives found no beds, little oxygen, few staff, and even less hope.

TUSHAR MAURYA: I have a message for the government. Please do something, and please release some oxygen supply. People need it here. People need beds here. People need meds here. People need wards here. People need injections. People need medicines.

ALEX CRAWFORD: And there are deep worries that the figures could be even more alarmingly high, with so many deaths unreported or unlogged. The numbers of people who appear to be very ill indeed continues to build outside this hospital, and still none of them being admitted, which seems to indicate that if this is happening to one of the biggest hospitals in the capital, what on Earth is happening outside of the capital? And almost certainly, there are more added to these grim statistics with every single hour.

MOHAN SHARMS: Yesterday, we came out with our father just here, but no one came to see him. He just shouted, see me, see me. No one came, and he died. Now, I came with my grandfather and no one's seen him.

ALEX CRAWFORD: No one's seen him either? All they can do is wait and plead.

RAMESH KUMAR: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

ALEX CRAWFORD: If he's taken in, and that's not guaranteed, he'll be immersed into this. One man told us there were just seven oxygen cylinders for 70 people. India is now home to the world's fastest growing coronavirus crisis, with fears that the virus mutations could be resistant to the vaccines. They seem unable to control it and utterly unprepared to deal with it. Alex Crawford, Sky News, Delhi.