Officials in Delhi have been urged to find more sites for cremations as the city’s morgues and crematoriums are overwhelmed by masses of COVID deaths.
A second wave of the virus is ravaging parts of India, with more than 380 thousand new cases reported today – the biggest one-day increase on record for any country.
There were another 3,500 deaths nationwide and nearly 400 in Delhi – a record for the capital.
The total number of infections in the country has now passed 18 million.
The first consignment of emergency medical supplies from the US arrived on Friday, part of what the White House has said will be more than 100 million dollars worth of support.
However, oxygen supplies and hospital beds remain in desperately short supply across India, with relatives of Covid patients pleading on social media for help.
A US military plane landed in Delhi this morning, loaded with almost one million rapid COVID tests and 100 thousand N-95 masks.
The White House has said it will donate 15 million N-95 masks in total.