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Narendra Modi said that the danger had passed. He has blood on his hands.

The government encouraged people to attend crowded festivals and election campaigns

Narendra Modi said that the danger had passed. He has blood on his hands.

The government encouraged people to attend crowded festivals and election campaigns

Narendra Modi said that the danger had passed. He has blood on his hands.

The government encouraged people to attend crowded festivals and election campaigns

Narendra Modi said that the danger had passed. He has blood on his hands.

The government encouraged people to attend crowded festivals and election campaigns

The COVID-19 crisis in India is spiralling out of control.

There isn’t even enough space to cremate the bodies: Delhi’s crematoriums have been building basic outdoor platforms to burn the dead, with no more room indoors and ambulances queueing for hours with their cargo of bodies. They are running so low on wood that some are cutting down trees in city parks. The scenes of rows upon rows of burning pyres seem unreal, like something from a hellish dystopian film.

“If we get more bodies then we will cremate on the road. There is no more space here,” said Jitender Singh Shanty, who works at an east Delhi crematorium. “We had never thought that we would see such horrible scenes.”

On Wednesday 28th April, India suffered its worst day yet in the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting 3293 deaths, bringing the total death toll to 201,187.

A hundred years ago, with the Spanish flu pandemic, India was the worst-hit country with an estimated number of deaths between ten and twenty million. This time around, India seems set to become the worst-hit country by the coronavirus. And again, it is impossible to accurately gauge the mortality rate, since so many deaths go unreported. The hospitals are overflowing; thousands are dying with symptoms of COVID-19 before they can be tested or admitted to hospital. These deaths are not even counted. The total number is already far, far higher than 201,187.

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