Beleaguered India has set a grim new world record for the number of new confirmed Covid-19 cases in just one day at just over 412,000. It also recorded 3,980 more deaths over the last 24 hours. However most health experts put the actual number of new cases per day at closer to 1.5 million as the vast majority of those who become infected never get tested and never seek medical care because they country’s hospitals and health system are no longer functioning with far more cases than what they can care for and with oxygen running out in nearly all northern and western state hospitals.
Though India actually produces more oxygen than it needs, it has a critical shortage of transport capacity to get the oxygen to where it is needed. Liquid oxygen from Dubai and Qatar has been dispatched in a flotilla of large ships chartered from the UAE and Qatar, but that is still not enough. India has transformed existing railroads to become oxygen trains but even that hasn’t been enough in a country of 1.4 billion people, many of whom live in small poorly ventilated housing with several other family members.
Recently the United State released vaccine components to India so they could start making more vaccines. The U.S. along with Canada, the U.K. Japan, France, Israel, Germany, UAE, Qatar, Russia, Norway and Australia have undertaken a massive sealift and airlift of supplies heading to India which will be distributed by the India Red Cross.