Devastation in idol-filled India: Grieving husband carries his wife’s body two miles to a burial ground after she died of coronavirus plague as corpses pile up in morgues and in the streets and India’s official death toll tops 200,000 – but could be double that

A grieving husband has been filmed carrying his dead wife’s body two miles through the streets so she could be buried after she died of Covid.

The man, named locally as Swamy, was captured on CCTV with the body of wife Nagalaxmi slung over his shoulder making his way through the streets of Kamareddy, a town in southern Telangana state, on April 25.

Police at the local railway station, where she collapsed and died, gave the man money to pay for her burial but refused to touch her for fear of catching the virus – as did passersby along his two-mile route.

The man, who was also unwell according to local media, eventually reached the burial ground where his wife was laid to rest – though had to stop several times along the way to catch his breath.

The tragic scene unfolded as India’s Covid cases and deaths soar, with 3,293 new fatalities reported today pushing the overall total above 200,000 – though analysts warn the true total is likely to be at least double that or more because up to 80 per cent of deaths in India are not officially registered.

The country also reported another 360,960 cases today, a new one-day record, as patients overwhelm hospitals and India’s health system collapses with no end to the crisis in sight.

More video taken at a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, underlined the severity of the crisis as it showed bodies lined up in the morgue awaiting identification by relatives so they can be taken for cremation or burial.

As India’s woes mount, it was reported today that…

Delhi is converting dog crematorium sites to deal with human bodies in addition to public parks, car parks, and abandoned pieces of land as wood also begins to run short amid the wave of deaths
25,000 people bathed in the Ganges River Tuesday during the final day of the Kumbh Mela religious festival which was allowed to go ahead despite India’s mounting case toll
India invited everyone over the age of 18 to book a vaccine, but the website immediately crashed as it got 270,000 hits per minute with 800,000 appointments booked in three hours
It was revealed that Adar Poonawalla, boss of the Serum Institute of India, has been given a government security detail amid fears he could be attacked over vaccine shortages as factories struggle to meet demand
Pakistan reported a record one-day Covid death toll amid fears the Indian variant has already spread to the country and medics warning ‘we are the next India’
Nepal, also a geographical neighbour of India, reported more than 4,000 cases as infections rise rapidly and a number of cities prepare to go into lockdown this week
Pressure grew on India to halt Premier League cricket as it was revealed sportsmen are being offered jabs despite playing in ‘Covid-secure’ bubbles

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Source: Daily Mail