"They are burning everybody basically.”
A US couple have been stranded in India amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
The couple are in Delhi, where the pandemic’s second wave has halted their efforts to get to America.
Eric Shearer said: “Almost overnight, it just exploded.”
On May 9, 2021, it was reported that nearly 4,100 people had died from Covid-19 within the last 24 hours.
However, the actual death toll is believed to be much higher.
Eric continued: “It’s hard to get a positive result when you can’t even get tested.”
Eric and his wife Norvina Shearer are currently at their home in Delhi and are waiting for Norvina’s visa.
They revealed that the smoke of burning bodies was visible throughout the city.
Norvina told KSL-TV: “They are burning so many bodies, and lots of people outside and everywhere is full of chaos because of Covid.
“They are not saying it’s Hindu, it’s Christian, it’s Muslim. They are doing it with everyone.
“They are burning everybody basically.”
Eric is originally from Utah County, Utah. In 2018, he moved to India to marry Norvina.
The couple was separated in 2020 when borders were closed as Eric briefly returned to the US.
He returned to India in April 2021, just before the second wave hit.
Norvina stated: “Everywhere is full of chaos.”
The US couple said that India’s strict lockdown prevented the first wave from becoming overwhelming.
Eric said: “As soon as this happened at the beginning of 2020, I was worried to death about India.
“I just thought it was a ticking time bomb, but India did a really good job at first. They did a complete lockdown.”
However, medical experts said the Indian government leaned into a false sense of security, claiming they were in the pandemic’s “endgame” and ignoring warnings about a second wave.
“They are completely overwhelmed, and basically every hospital we’ve seen says no bed, no oxygen.”
A relative of the couple has Covid-19 and is currently on a waiting list to be admitted into an ICU unit.
Norvina revealed: “One place told us you can come here, but you’re not going to get a bed until someone else dies.”
The couple said they were a short interview away from getting Norvina’s visa signed to come to the United States.
But now, they are not sure when that will happen due to the Indian Health Ministry warning about a third wave.
Eric said: “They are just so overwhelmed.
“It needs international help at this point.”
The couple said Utah Republican Representative John Curtis intervened to help them find their documents after it was lost at the US embassy.
But they are hopeful that someone can get them an interview for their visa.