Grieving husband carries dead wife 3km to get cremated amid India’s Covid crisis
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A grieving husband had to carry his wife's corpse on his shoulder through busy streets and walk for 3km to a cremation service amid the coronavirus crisis in India.
Heartbreaking footage shared onto social media shows the man, known as Swamy to the locals, and a group of men walking on the street where motorbikes speed past.
Swamy carries the body of his wife Nagalaxmi along the street of Kamareddy, a town in southern Telangana state on Sunday (April 25).
Sadly, no drivers stop to give the man a lift during the three-and-a-half kilometre journey to the burial site.
According to the Times of India, Nagalaxmi was not feeling well and collapsed at a train station where she later died on suspicion of Covid-19.
It is said the local police gave the man money to pay for her burial but refused to touch her for fear of catching the virus.
India has become the epicentre for the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks, reporting another record rise in new total infections and deaths over the last 24 hours with the total number of cases reaching more than 18 million.
Nearly 205,000 people have now died from the virus as the health system struggles under enormous pressure.
The sheer volume of deaths has made it difficult for authorities to find enough space to adequately bury or cremate them.
And oxygen supplies have virtually ran out and hospital beds are at capacity.
The US has said it's sending supplies worth of more than $100 million (£71 million).
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Last week, a devastating oxygen tank leak killed at least 22 people at a hospital waiting to treat Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra's Nashik, the country's health minister confirmed.
The incident happened when a leakage was reported from an oxygen tanker while refilling, IndiaTVnews said.
It reportedly caused the oxygen supply to be stopped for nearly 30 minutes.
Firefighters helped hospital and local authority officials trying to fix the leak but patients died due to the lack of oxygen support.
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