Shocking footage has caught the moment an Indian paramedic collapsed from a fatal heart attack while ferrying a Covid-19 patient to hospital as health workers around the country are being pushed to their limits amid a crippling second wave of infections and deaths.
CCTV video shows hospital employee Mahavir Sinj Jhala falling to the ground in front of CJ Hospital in Surendranagar in Gujarat state on Friday.
Jhala, 37, appears to be writing something down on a notepad while hospital staff prepare to remove the patient from his ambulance.
Suddenly, he collapses to the floor and ambulance workers rush to his aid.
He was taken for treatment in the hospital’s ICU, where he died.
His body was then taken to Gandhi Hospital for a post mortem examination.
Shocking footage has caught the moment an Indian paramedic collapsed from a fatal heart attack while ferrying a Covid-19 patient to hospital
CCTV video showed hospital employee Mahavir Sinj Jhala collapsing on the ground in front of CJ Hospital in Surendranagar in Gujarat state on Friday
Seconds before collapsing, Jhala, 37, appeared to be writing something down on a notepad while hospital staff prepared to remove the patient from his ambulance
Jhala’s death comes as India’s hospitals, morgues and crematoriums are struggling to cope with the second wave, which has seen more than 300,000 daily cases reported for the last 12 days.
On Monday, footage revealed the body of a Covid victim being unceremoniously dumped into a grave using a digger.
The footage, taken at an unknown location in recent days, showed gravediggers in an Indian village push the body into the bucket of an excavator which then drove to a nearby pit and rolled the body inside.
It appeared that villagers opted to use the digger out of fear of catching the virus from the dead person – with diggers previously used to dispose of bodies during the country’s first wave, causing outcry at the time.
Meanwhile, more footage taken inside a hospital in Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday showed a woman giving mouth-to-mouth to her Covid-positive mother in a vain attempt to save her life amid nationwide oxygen shortages.
The footage showed two daughters standing over a stretcher where their mother was laying motionless, before one of them began mouth-to-mouth with no doctor around to help out.
Doctors said the patient was brought to the hospital ‘on her death bed’ and that by the time medics were able to attend to her, she had already died.
Shocking footage has revealed villagers in India using a digger to take a Covid victim’s body to their gave and dump it inside, with villagers too afraid of catching the virus to go near the remains
This is the moment a daughter gave her Covid-infected mother mouth-to-mouth at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, shortly before she died as medics were unable to attend to her due to the overwhelming number of patients
India is suffering the world’s worst second wave of Covid, with infections rising close to 20million and more than 3,000 people dying each day – though analysts warn that figure is likely a dramatic under-estimate
Relatives carry the body of a victim who died due to the Covid-19 into a cremation ground in Delhi for their last rites
Relatives cremate the body of a person who died due to Covid in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru
Bodies of Covid victims are burned at a cremation ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru
India is now reporting a seven-day average of more than 350,000 Covid cases (left), while the average number of deaths over the last week has risen to nearly 3,500 – which most believe is an under-estimate (right)
India is suffering through the world’s worst second wave of Covid, and has today reported 368,147 new cases – the 12th straight day where cases have been over 300,000, taking the country’s overall toll to just shy of 20million.
Another 3,417 deaths on Monday takes the country’s overall toll to 218,959 – now the world’s third-highest after the US and Brazil, though analysts warn the true toll is likely more than double and could by up to ten times higher.
There has been an outpouring of fury at the government’s handling of the crisis as oxygen runs low and the health system collapses – and on Sunday that anger seemed to manifest at the ballot box, as Prime Minister Modi’s party lost a state election in West Bengal to one of his fiercest critics.
State chief minister Mamata Banerjee defeated Modi’s right-wing BJP party to keep control of the state, which was one of Modi’s top election targets and where he appeared at rallies several times leading up to the vote.
However, the BJP did expand its presence in West Bengal from three to 80 seats to become the main opposition party, and held power in the nearby state of Assam.
Covid infections in India have soared by around eight million since the end of March, according to official data which many suspect are a considerable underestimate.
India’s underfunded health care system is under severe strain, with fatal shortages of beds, drugs and oxygen leaving some to die awaiting treatment in long queues outside hospitals in capital New Delhi and other cities.
Twenty-four people died in one hospital overnight on Sunday in the southern state of Karnataka after the hospital ran out of oxygen, press reports and sources said, though the district administration denied that shortages had caused the deaths.
Another 12 died on Saturday in a hospital in the capital New Delhi after it ran out of oxygen, reports said.
Several hospitals sent out desperate appeals for oxygen on social media overnight, with deliveries arriving only in the nick of time.
A medical worker in PPE observes patients who have been infected by Covid-19 inside a makeshift care facility in a sports stadium at the Commonwealth unblocked games 6688 Village in New Delhi
Patients suffering from Covid-19 are treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic outside a Sikh Gurudwara in Indirapuram
Mukesh Bhardwaj cries as he sits next to his wife, who receives oxygen support at a Sikh Gurudwara in Ghaziabad
A volunteer uses a pulse oximeter to check the oxygen saturation of a man’s blood before providing him oxygen support at a Sikh Gurudwara in Ghaziabad, India
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