India’s COVID-19 Crisis: Fast Facts

With infections surging and oxygen and hospital beds in short supply, India’s COVID-19 crisis continues. Here’s what you need to know and how you can help.


1. There are nearly 500,000 new COVID-19 cases in India every three days.

India reported 91,702 new coronavirus infections on Friday after daily cases topped 300,000 for 25 consecutive days and exceeded 400,000 on four consecutive days. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India is now 29.3 million.
Source: CNN + Reuters

2. More than 363,000 people have died from COVID-19 in India.

That is the second-highest tally of COVID-19 infections in the world after the United States. But some experts think it’s still an undercount. The estimated death toll reported on Friday was 3,403, according to data from India’s Ministry of Health.
Source: The New York Times

[You can help people during India’s COVID-19 crisis by donating to GlobalGiving’s India COVID-19 Relief Fund.]


3. Hospitals across India struggled with oxygen shortages.

Oxygen is a key treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients, and India had a greater demand for oxygen than most other countries. To get oxygen supplies to where they were needed most, the government used trains, and the Indian Air Force airlifted oxygen from military bases.
Source: The BBC

4. Critical care beds were scarce.

There was a chronic shortage of space in India’s intensive care wards, and many patients’ families frantically searched for a bed for them. In Delhi, hospitals were full and turning away new patients—some people died on the streets outside.
Source: The BBC

5. New Delhi and Maharashtra have been hard hit.

The capital, New Delhi, and the surrounding Delhi union territory are easing lockdown restrictions as new cases there are declining. In Maharashtra, officials clamped down on public gatherings and transit, with a lockdown in place until June 15. Other states reporting the highest active case counts include Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
Source: CNN

[You can help people during India’s COVID-19 crisis by donating to GlobalGiving’s India COVID-19 Relief Fund.]


6. About 4% of India’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

And less than 10% of the population has received one dose. The country’s vaccination campaign began in January and sped up in March and early April. But as new COVID-19 cases surged, the number of vaccines administered plummeted. Everyone over the age of 18 is now eligible to register for a vaccine. Yet, despite being the world’s largest vaccine producer, India doesn’t have the stock to inoculate 600 million newly eligible people in addition to high-priority groups. Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Delhi have suspended vaccinations for 18- to 44-year-olds due to shortages.
Source: The New York Times + PBS

7. India accounted for 50% of new COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide at the peak of its second wave.

That’s according to the World Health Organization. And the B.1.617 virus variant detected in India has now spread to at least 62 countries. In a recent report, the WHO said that variant might be more contagious than most versions of the coronavirus.
Source: Reuters

8. Cash is the best way to help people during India’s COVID-19 crisis.

Why? People’s needs vary by location and throughout the life cycle of recovery. You can learn more about how to help during India’s COVID-19 crisis in this infographic about the importance of cash donations to vetted organizations working in India.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information

Provide life-saving relief for people during India’s COVID-19 crisis by supporting vetted international nonprofits working in India.


Featured Photo: COVID-19 Response: Give for Girls by Plan International USA

Note: This article was originally published on April 29, 2021 and updated on June 11, 2021.

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