For many Africans living in India, the situation is worrisome and even desperate.
The Indian healthcare system is stretched to its limit, as a second wave of COVID-19 infections has grown from around 15,000 new cases a day in early March to over 350,000 new cases daily by the first week of May.
Medical staff are overworked, and there are severe shortages of oxygen and beds. “All the hospitals are full, completely full,” says Dr. Mohamed Elfatih Mido, a Sudanese health advisor in Hyderabad. “You won’t get a bed. They will supply you oxygen on the floor.
On the floor,” he repeats with emphasis. “On the floor, you should take the oxygen. That’s how you’ll have to fight COVID-19.”