COVID-19: India’s coronavirus crisis in 10 stark photographs – Sky News

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Vital medical supplies have started to reach India, now the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of dead approaching 200,000.

The UK has sent equipment including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators to the capital, New Delhi, as hospitals suffering a lack of oxygen and beds have been turning away COVID-19 patients.

France is providing eight oxygen generating plants; Ireland, Germany and Australia are sending oxygen concentrators and ventilators; the US has also pledged aid; and the World Health Organisation says it’s working to deliver 4,000 oxygen concentrators to help India combat the coronavirus.

But after mass gatherings, more contagious variants and low vaccination rates sparked record infections in India, for many the aid will arrive too late.

Here are 10 stark images as COVID-19 grips the nation:

Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear step of an ambulance inside a crematorium, in New Delhi.

Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear step of an ambulance inside a crematorium, in New Delhi, India
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A funeral pyre in Jammu.

A funeral pyre in Jammu, India. Pic: Reuters
Image: Pic: Reuters

A dead body is due to be cremated as multiple funeral pyres of COVID victims burn at a makeshift crematorium in New Delhi.

A dead body is due to be cremated as multiple funeral pyres of COVID victims burn at a makeshift crematorium in New Delhi. Pic: AP
Image: Pic: AP

A man receives oxygen support for free inside his car at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Ghaziabad.

A man receives oxygen support for free inside his car at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Ghaziabad, India. Pic: Reuters
Image: Pic: Reuters

A patient wearing an oxygen mask waits in an ambulance to enter a hospital in Ahmedabad.

A patient wearing an oxygen mask waits in an ambulance to enter a hospital in Ahmedabad, India. Pic: Reuters
Image: Pic: Reuters

A woman lies in the back of a load carrier also waiting to enter a hospital in Ahmedabad.

A woman lies in the back of a load carrier also waiting to enter a hospital, in Ahmedabad. Pic: Reuters
Image: Pic: Reuters

A patient wearing an oxygen mask inside a car, waiting to enter a hospital in Ahmedabad.

A patient wearing an oxygen mask inside a car, waiting to enter a hospital in Ahmedabad, India. Pic: Reuters
Image: Pic: Reuters

A woman is consoled by her relative after her husband died from COVID-19 outside a hospital in Ahmedabad.

A woman is consoled by her relative after her husband died from COVID-19 outside a COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, India
Image: Pic: Reuters

Health workers in PPE carry bodies of people who were suffering from COVID, outside the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital in New Delhi.

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carry bodies of people who were suffering from COVID, outside the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, in New Delhi, India
Image: Pic: Reuters

A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 breaks down during a cremation in Jammu.

A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 breaks down during cremation in Jammu, India. Pic: AP
Image: Pic: AP

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