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China was forced to delete post mocking India’s Covid plague after sharing photos comparing rocket launch and funeral pyres

China was forced to delete post mocking India's Covid plague after sharing photos comparing rocket launch and funeral pyres

CHINA deleted a sick social media post mocking India’s heartbreaking Covid crisis, reports say.

A Communist Party account posted an image of a recent Chinese rocket launch twinned with an Indian crematorium where bodies are burned.

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Communist Party canceled offensive social media post comparing India’s Covid crisis with rocket launchCredit: Twitter

The disturbing post was titled: “China Lights A Fire Against India That Lights A Fire”.

According to Bloomberg, the disgusting image was posted on Saturday on the official Weibo account of the Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of China.

It also had a hashtag that noted that coronavirus infections in India had surpassed 400,000 in a single day.

This comes as India’s Covid-19 cases hit 20 million today after a 12th consecutive day of recording over 300,000 new infections.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry told Bloomberg: “We hope that everyone pays attention to the Chinese government and the dominant public opinion that support India’s fight against the epidemic.”

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Indian hospitals continued to be overwhelmed by the virus.

Bodies of Covid patients are burned in Bengaluru, India

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Bodies of Covid patients are burned in Bengaluru, IndiaCredit: Reuters
The country's hospitals are inundated with coronavirus patients

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The country’s hospitals are inundated with coronavirus patientsCredit: Getty

Xi said his regime was willing to provide further assistance to India.

India’s death toll rose 3,417 today to 218,959, health ministry figures show.

At least 3.4 million people are currently being treated, although medical experts say the actual numbers could be five to 10 times higher.

Hospitals have become full, medical oxygen supplies are scarce, and morgues and crematoria have been submerged as the country grapples with the wave.

Patients die on hospital beds, in ambulances and in outdoor parking lots.

BH Narayan Rao, an official from the southern city of Chamarajanagar, said: “Every time we have to fight to get our share of our oxygen cylinders.”

He added: “It’s a daily struggle.”

A worker uses a fumigation machine near a vaccination center in Mumbai

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A worker uses a fumigation machine near a vaccination center in MumbaiCredit: EPA
Family members take a Covid patient to a Prayagraj hospital

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Family members take a Covid patient to a Prayagraj hospitalCredit: Alamy
A man wearing a PPE performs the last rites of a deceased relative in a disused quarry

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A man wearing a PPE performs the last rites of a deceased relative in a disused quarryCredit: Getty

In many cases, volunteer groups have come to the rescue.

Outside a temple in New Delhi, a group of Sikh volunteers are providing oxygen to patients lying on benches inside makeshift tents attached to a giant cylinder.

About every 20 minutes, a new patient arrives.

Gurpreet Singh Rummy, who runs the service, said: “Nobody should die from lack of oxygen. Otherwise it’s a small thing, but nowadays, it’s the only thing everyone needs.”

He called it an oxygen “langar”, the word used by the Sikhs for free communal cooking.

Offering a glimmer of hope, the health ministry said positive cases related to the number of tests have declined today for the first time since at least April 15.

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