Covid patient confirmed dead woke up moments before she was due to be cremated

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A coronavirus patient who was confirmed dead by paramedics woke up just moments before she was set to be cremated.

Shakuntala Gaikwad tested positive for Covid at the beginning of May and isolated at her home while recovering from the virus.

When the 78-year-old, from Baramati in Mudhale, India, started to develop severe symptoms her family called an ambulance to take her to hospital.

While they struggled to find her a bed in the rammed clinic, she fell unconscious in the ambulance.

Ambulance staff reportedly confirmed the woman's death and her devastated family spread the tragic news of her passing.

Ms Gaikwad was then taken back to her village where the family began preparing for her cremation and last rites.

However, moments before she was set to be cast into the fire she opened her eyes and began to cry.

She was immediately moved to the Silver Jubilee Hospital in Baramati for further medical treatment, VN Express reported.

The woman's close brush with death comes as Indian remains in the grips of a deadly wave of coronavirus.

The country currently leads the world in the number of new deaths reported daily, with one in every three deaths reported worldwide each day coming from India.

India reported 281,316 new Covid-19 infections on Monday over the past 24 hours.

There were also 4,106 new deaths recorded over the same time period.

The second wave of the pandemic was so intense that the health system was overwhelmed and hospitals unable to accept any more patients.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said India is a major concern and warned the second year of the pandemic is likely to be more deadly than the first.

WHO has sent 4,000 oxygen ventilators to the country which is set to be dispatched across medical facilities over the next few days.

Shocking images of temporary crematoriums within communities across the country brought the devastating battle into the light.

Footage of coronavirus patients struggling to breathe outside hospitals overrun hit the headlines, with some victims dying on the streets outside.

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