A doctor in the Indian capital, New Delhi, said the situation in Indian hospitals is “totally devastating”, with ventilators and ICU beds fully occupied.
“There are no beds in the wards, our emergency room is full of patients, they have nowhere to go,” Sumit Ray told Al Jazeera via Skype.
“Our young resident doctors, nurses, are totally traumatised. They’re working really hard but they are devastated emotionally,” he added.
The Indian government has called on its armed forces to help tackle the situation, described by many as the worst healthcare crisis in modern Indian history.