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A devasting and lethal second wave of Covid-19 is currently hitting India, putting millions of lives at risk. As of May 2021, Covid-19 cases in India alone have topped 20 million, with over 220,000 deaths.
The situation is at breaking point as frontline workers work in overwhelmed hospitals deal with oxygen shortages and insufficient numbers of hospital beds. Some of the most vulnerable in society, including women domestic workers caring for people with the virus, are being left without access to protective equipment and exposed to infection.
Across India there are frantic calls for help for beds, medicines, oxygen, essential drugs and tests.