As COVID deaths surge in Delhi, bodies pile up at cremation grounds
The Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, on Tuesday, claimed that the mortality rate in the national capital is much lower compared to other Indian cities. However, in November, Delhi has witnessed a sharp surge in COVID-related deaths. In the past week, over 100 deaths have been reported every day.
On Tuesday, 109 COVID-related deaths were reported in Delhi. On November 23, the coronavirus claimed 121 lives. On November 22, 121 were reported dead due to the deadly virus. In fact, over the past week, COVID-related deaths have crossed the 100 tally six times in the national capital. It seems the month of November has once again unleashed the mayhem of the pandemic. Not only are the fresh infection cases surging, Delhi has stood witness to a sharp spike in COVID-related deaths.
In the last 24 days alone, nearly 2000 people have died due to the pandemic in Delhi. Despite this, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government wants to convey the impression that the situation is under control. Health Minister Satyendar Jain, on Tuesday, shared the data of COVID fatality rates of major Indian cities with the claim that, “Delhi has least fatality ratio amongst all major cities in India.” He said that the state government is doing its best to “save each and every life”. While Gujarat’s Ahmedabad tops the list with a 4.2 per cent case fatality ratio, Delhi is at the bottom of the list which features 15 cities with a 1.6 per cent fatality rate.
Notably, Jain’s claim comes at a time when the Supreme Court has expressed concern over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, and has observed that the situation has worsened in the past two weeks. The apex court has sought a report from the AAP government on patients’ management while seeking similar reports from other states.
So far over 92 lakh COVID-19 cases have been reported in India and nearly 1.34 lakh people have died due to the virus. Notably, Delhi’s COVID death toll has already crossed 8600.
The visuals of the cremation grounds of Delhi paint a grim picture of the worsening situation in the national capital. The bodies of the dead have again started to pile up. Bereaved family members are lining up at the COVID dedicated cremation grounds and graveyards, the final rituals are being carried out by people decked out in personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.
At Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat, grieving family members told this correspondent that they had to wait for nearly two hours to get the place for the pyre to conduct the funeral ceremony.
Watch the video report from Delhi’s biggest cremation ground: