A SON dumped his sick mother by the side of the road and left her to die because he feared catching coronavirus, according to reports in India.
Another man strapped his dead father to a car roof to drive to a crematorium amid chaos across the country.
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A Covid patient in her 60s was allegedly dumped at the roadside by her son
Hospitals across India have been overwhelmed by a “tsunami” of mutant super-strain infections.
Oxygen supplies and beds have run out at many hospitals, leaving gasping patients dying at home or on the streets.
In Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, police have opened an investigation file into reports of the son who abandoned his Covid-positive mother.
Video shows her lying under a blanket on the roadside, moving slightly.
The man, who was identified as Vishal, dumped her outside his sister’s home in the the Chakeri district before fleeing, according to reports.
Locals came to her aid and called an ambulance which took her to hospital.
Madan said he saw the sick woman crying for help as she lay in the sweltering sun in 40C heat.
He said: “Such persons bring shame and nothing else. They’re worst creatures who do this to loved ones.”
The mother, in her early 60s, later died from Covid.
Police said: “A case has been registered in this regard.”
A desperate son tied his father to a car roof to take him to a crematorium in AgraCredit: Twitter
Meanwhile 160 miles away in Agra, another son resorted to desperate measures when there were no ambulances available to transport his late father.
A picture showed a shrouded body strapped to the roof of a small red car.
India Today reports the man waited hours for an ambulance after his father died from Covid, then began funeral rites himself.
He then drove to a cremation ground with the corpse on the roof.
The tragic act of devotion by the son is said to have left other mourners in tears after he arrived at the crematorium.
It comes as:
Agra – home to the Taj Mahal – has suffered a surge in cases like cities across India.
The capital, Delhi — where the night sky glows orange with funeral pyres — is the worst-hit with 1,777 deaths reported in five days.
Earlier, harrowing footage showed dozens of Covid victims lined up for cremation as the country’s official death toll neared 200,000.
Dozens of bodies are seen lined up on the ground in 40C heat at Delhi’s Shubash Nagar Crematorium.
Relatives can be seen carefully placing a Covid victim at the end of a snaking queue of other corpses.
They are all wrapped in shrouds ready for cremation, some with flowers draped on top.
Further back, more families carrying loved-ones are seen waiting to join the line.
Relatives place a Covid victim in line for cremation in DelhiCredit: Supplied
It joined a snaking queue of corpses at the Shubash Nagar CrematoriumCredit: Supplied
Funeral pyres are burning round the clockCredit: Supplied
A constant stream of families arrive with loved-ones for cremationCredit: Supplied
Workers in hazmat suits prepare pyres at another cremation ground in Delhi todayCredit: AFP
The capital has been engulfed by a ‘tsunami’ second wave of CovidCredit: AFP
Volunteers have been working 24 hours a day in distressing scenes compared to a “conveyor belt of death”.
It is the same in cities across India as it faces a devastating second wave “tsunami” of infections.
Crematoriums are operating round the clock to cope with thousands of daily deaths – and experts say worse is to come.
Delhi emergency medic Dr Shaarang Sachdev told Sky News: “This pandemic is the worst we have ever seen until now.
“The next two weeks are going to be hell for us.”
Hundreds of patients have reportedly died in recent days because hospitals ran short of life-saving oxygen.
Others died on hospital doorsteps begging for air because there were no beds.
The shortage has sparked a 1,500 per cent hike in the price of black market oxygen, with some families paying £900 for £60 cylinders.
Antiviral drug remdesivir has also rocketed in price 20-fold.
Last night it was reported some desperate virus victims were hurling themselves off buildings.
A West Bengal man was reported to have leapt to his death from a hospital roof after testing positive.
In Patna in the north east, a railway worker beheaded his wife when she caught the virus then leapt to his death from their apartment.
Film also emerged showing a victim’s body falling from an overloaded ambulance en route to a crematorium.
In Delhi the night sky glows orange from funeral pyresCredit: AFP
A worker comforts the relative of one Covid victim at a cremation groundCredit: AFP
New pyres are lit constantly in a ‘conveyor belt of death’Credit: AFP
Experts say the real death toll could be five times the official figureCredit: AFP
Yesterday India set another grim milestone for the highest number of infections — for the fifth straight day.
It registered 2,812 deaths and a global high of 352,991 new cases.
Experts fear the true death toll could be five times the official tally of 197,894.
The virus has already engulfed Delhi and Mumbai and is now ravaging giant port city Kolkata, home to 15million.
Around half of Covid tests there are coming back positive, compared with one in 20 at the start of April.
The surge has been blamed partly on forthcoming elections in the surrounding state of West Bengal.
PM Narendra Modi has come under fire for staging a “super spreader” election rally attended by thousands of supporters of his BJP party.
Meanwhile, judges at the Madras High Court said “irresponsible” Election Commission officials should face possible murder charges for allowing rallies to go ahead.
India was once seen as a success story in beating the pandemic but Mr Modi now stands accused of cover-ups and dismal failure.
His government has mobilised army medics to help support overwhelmed hospitals.
But he was slammed for ordering Twitter to censor criticism of his handling of the crisis.
Last night the first of nine plane loads of medical equipent donated by the UK landed in India.
The vital supplies include 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, machines that suck pure gas from the air.
France, Germany, Ireland and the US have also vowed to send aid.
Medical supplies from the UK arrive at New Delhi airport last nightCredit: AFP
The Foreign Office sent ventilators and oxygen concentrators on a Lufthansa jumboCredit: SWNS
A family prays for a Covid victim in AhmedabadCredit: Reuters
A woman is consoled by her relative after her husband died from CovidCredit: Reuters
India is fighting the ‘world’s worst’ Covid outbreakCredit: AFP
Hospitals are running out of beds and oxygen, forcing families to buy canisters on the black marketCredit: AFP