efe-epaNew Delhi

On a scorching summer day, Samarth Thapa was forced to drive around for an entire day with his ailing mother in the frantic hunt for a sickbed from one Delhi hospital to another after she developed clear Covid-19 symptoms.

He brought her home in the evening since the government-run as well as private hospitals across the Indian capital, a city of nearly 19 million residents, denied her critical care and refused admission on one or the other pretext.EFE-EPA