India Covid-19 crisis

A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021.

A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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India has been hit by a massive second wave of Covid-19. The country is recording hundreds of thousands of new cases every day and many more deaths. Oxfam is on the ground helping with medical equipment, supplies, food, and cash, but more help is urgently needed. Your support is vital.

A major health emergency

India is facing a deadly second wave of COVID-19 that is spreading much faster than the first one and has resulted in a nationwide crisis. The country has recorded more than 3 million new cases since the beginning of April 2021 and thousands of people have died.

The country’s healthcare system has completely collapsed under the crushing weight of the pandemic. Hospitals and medical facilities are running out of oxygen, ICU beds and medicines, with patients left outside hospitals waiting for care. Many states have also started reporting shortages of space in morgues and crematoriums.

The poorest bear the brunt

The poorest communities suffer the worst effects of this crisis. Many families in India live in crammed areas without sanitation and using shared toilets and water points, with no means to follow social distancing guidelines. Sporadic lockdowns and curfews have hit poor and migrant workers the hardest, leaving them vulnerable to months without jobs or money.

Oxfam is on the ground

Oxfam has deployed teams to five of the worst-hit states in India, supplying oxygen tanks and masks, beds, and digital thermometers to help government hospitals, distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health workers, and providing food and cash to meet people’s immediate needs. To avoid a worse humanitarian disaster, it is vital we stop the spread, so we are also preparing handwashing stations and awareness campaigns to help people stay safe.

With fatality numbers rising rapidly it is a race against time to help as many people as possible. We need to act, now. Your support is vital.