SOS messages, panic as virus breaks India’s health system

  • Family members of a person who died due to COVID-19 light the funeral pyre at a crematorium in Jammu, India, on Monday, April 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

NEW DELHI — Dr. Gautam Singh dreads the daily advent of the ventilator beeps, signaling that oxygen levels are critically low, and hearing his desperately ill patients start gasping for air in the New Delhi emergency ward where he works.